Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Missa Sancta Maria à 4 Voci da Capella (Mass of Thanksgiving) – Cantores Musicæ Antiquæ, Live performance

Monteverdi’s ‘Mass of Thanksgiving’ or Solemn Mass for the Feast of Sancta Maria della Salute to give it its formal title was specially composed for performance on 21 November 1631 during the ceremonial Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Mark’s Basilica held to give thanks for Venice’s delivery from the ravages of the…

Antonio Caldara (1670-1736): Stabat Mater

Caldara by no means confined his compositional efforts to sacred vocal works but it is those works by which he is best known today. His Missa Dolorosa, Stabat Mater, Passione and Magnificat are all works that repay investigation. Whenever I think of him I cannot help but feel that despite the fact that he was…

Mendelssohn: Symphony Nº 2, ‘Lobgesang’ – Live Concert HD

Mendelssohn composed this symphony-cantata for orchestra and chorus in response to a commission from the organisers of the 1840 celebrations commemorating the 400th anniversary of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. Its title “Lobgesang” which you can translate variously as “Hymn of Praise” or “Song of Praise” reflects its hybrid structure of three movements scored…