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Antonio Vivaldi / Johann Adolph Hasse / Flugenzio Perotti / Giuseppe Torelli

Ewa Golińska / Komalé Akakpo / Ruby Hughes / Arte dei Suonatori / Martin Gester

Venetian Christmas

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  • Type SACD
  • Label Bis
  • UPC 7318599920894
  • Catalog number BIS 2089
  • Release date 03 October 2014

About the album

In Venice in the 18th century, Christmas was celebrated as only Venetians know how to celebrate: according to one account, more wax was burnt to light up the three storeys of the Procuratie on Christmas Eve, than in all the rest of Italy in an entire year. At the same time, rather than being an independent feast – and as such, the most singularly important one of the year – the Venetian Christmas was also part of the city's famous Carnevale, which at this time lasted for almost six months. This lent a rather special character to the celebrations, compared with for instance the more clerically inclined Rome. We know that much of the Christmas festivities – in churches, in the streets or at private parties – involved music, but very little of the actual repertoire has been identified. Possibly this is also a reflection of the role of Christmas in Venice – although a festive occasion, it wasn't an isolated one, and much of the music heard at Christmas would or could be played on suitable feast days throughout the year. Together with the soloists Ruby Hughes and Komalé Akakpo, Martin Gester and Arte dei Suonatori have constructed a colourful programme of music that we either know or can easily conjecture was being played during a typical Venetian Christmas. Naturally it includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, the city's great son, as well as by Johann Adolph Hasse, who throughout his life was a regular visitor, and who spent his last ten years there. It also features the psaltery or salterio, an instrument beloved by the Venetians, heard here as solo as well as continuo instrument. Three of the works by Vivaldi are performed in versions prepared by Olivier Fourès, and are recorded here for the first time, including the Andante ‘Il Riposo per il Santissimo Natale’ with Ewa Golińska, co-leader of Arte dei Suonatori, as violin soloist. 

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    Andante, RV 270a, from Violin Concerto ‘Il Riposo per il Santissimo Natale’
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    02:07
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    Aria: Ho nel petto un cor sì forte from Giustino, RV 717
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    06:10
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    Double Concerto in C major, RV 774 , for psaltery and organ I. Allegro
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    04:54
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    Double Concerto in C major, RV 774 , for psaltery and organ II. Adagio
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    02:56
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    Double Concerto in C major, RV 774 , for psaltery and organ III. Allegro
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    03:40
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    Alma Redemptoris Mater Alma Redemptoris Mater
    Composer: Johann Adolf Hasse
     
    03:28
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    Alma Redemptoris Mater Tu quae genuisti
    Composer: Johann Adolf Hasse
     
    03:40
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    Alma Redemptoris Mater Virgo prius
    Composer: Johann Adolf Hasse
     
    05:10
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    Violin Concerto in E major, RV 266 I. Allegro
    Composer: Fulgenzio Perotti
     
    05:40
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    Violin Concerto in E major, RV 266 II. Largo
    Composer: Fulgenzio Perotti
     
    02:39
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    Violin Concerto in E major, RV 266 III. Allegro
    Composer: Fulgenzio Perotti
     
    04:27
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    Sonata in G major for psaltery and basso continuo I. Allegro
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    04:36
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    Sonata in G major for psaltery and basso continuo II. Andante
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    05:03
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    Sonata in G major for psaltery and basso continuo III. Allegro con spirito
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    03:16
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    Salve Regina in F major, RV 617 Salve Regina. Andante
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    02:58
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    Salve Regina in F major, RV 617 Ad te clamamus. Allegro
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    01:44
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    Salve Regina in F major, RV 617 Eia ergo. Allegro
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    01:36
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    Salve Regina in F major, RV 617 Et Jesum benedictum. Andante
    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
     
    02:23
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    Concerto grosso à 4 in G minor, Op. 8 No. 6 ‘con una Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale’ I. Grave – Vivace
    Composer: Giuseppe Torelli
     
    02:33
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    Concerto grosso à 4 in G minor, Op. 8 No. 6 ‘con una Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale’ II. Largo
    Composer: Giuseppe Torelli
     
    02:00
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    Concerto grosso à 4 in G minor, Op. 8 No. 6 ‘con una Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale’ III. Vivace
    Composer: Giuseppe Torelli
     
    01:48

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