Alba ABCD 360 (1 SACD/CD)

Music from 17th century Venice
Canta la Serenissima

ARGO
Kajsa Dahlbäck, soprano
Tuomo Suni, violin
Dora Asterstad, violin
Heidi Peltoniemi, cello
Jani Sunnarborg, dulcian
Anna-Maaria Oramo, harpsichord

Beautiful singing, sweet music of baroque era

New release Canta la Serenissima includes the most lovely music from the Most Serene Republic of Venice, the Serenìsima Repùblica Vèneta, La Serenissima. Saint Mark's Cathedral was one of the main employers of Venetian musicians and also a place of musical reforms in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Composer names on the disc are e.g. Claudio Monteverdi, the most famous maestro di cappella of all times at Saint Mark's, Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630), who was a master of sacred monody, Dario Castello (c. 1590-c. 1658), who was a leader of a wind ensemble from 1621 at Saint Mark's and Biagio Marini (1594-1663), who was a violinist from 1615 at Saint Mark's. CD includes also works composed to the city of Venice's patron saint Virgin Mary. Vocal works are performed skillfully by soprano Kajsa Dahlbäck.

Formed in 2008, the ensemble Argo focuses on interesting programmatic entities and expressive music-making. The emphasis in its repertoire is on Baroque vocal music for small ensemble. The members are all professional players of period instruments, soloists and chamber musicians and work in Baroque orchestras and ensembles all over Europe.

1 Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Confitebor primo (Messa a quattro voci et Salmi, 1650)
2 Dario Castello (c. 1590-c. 1658) Undecima sonata a due violini e fagotto (Sonate concertate in stil moderno, 1629)
3 Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630) Jesu mi dulcissime (Motetti a 1 et 2 voci con sinfonie, Libro II, 1625)
4 Biagio Marini (1594-1663) La Foscarina (Affetti musicali, 1617)
5 Claudio Monteverdi Laudate Dominum (Selva morale e spirituale, 1641)
6 Giovanni Picchi (1572-1643) Pass´e mezzo (Intavolatura di balli d´arpicordo, 1621)
7 Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630) O quam speciosa (Motetti a Una, Due e Quattro Voci, Libro, 1637)
8 Dario Castello Sonata prima a soprano solo (Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Libro II, 1629)
9 Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665) Gaudeamus omnes (1630)
10 Biagio Marini Sonata a violino o cornetto e basso (Sonate da chiesa e da camera, 1655)
11 Natale Monferrato (1603-1685) Alma redemptoris mater
12 Claudio Merulo (1533-1604) La Cortese (Canzoni d´intavolatura d´organo, Libro I, 1592)
13 Giovanni Battista Riccio (fl 1609-1621) Ave regina caelorum (Il terzo libro dei divine lodi, 1620)

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