Sacrifices

La Nuova Musica

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This reaction by French traveller André Maugars to music he heard at the Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso in Rome in 1639 almost certainly describes the work of Giacomo Carissimi (1605- 1674). Renowned as a composer at home and abroad, Carissimi was memorably described by his successor Pitoni as ‘very frugal in his domestic circumstances, very noble in his manners towards his friends and others … of tall stature, thin, and inclined to melancholy’. Carissimi was born in the small town of Marino, fifteen miles from the centre of Rome. We know little about his musical education, but as the youngest son of a cooper, he was presumably the beneficiary of church schooling often made available to boys with strong singing voices. After working in Tivoli and Assisi as organist and maestro di cappella respectively, he was appointed to the Collegio Germanico in Rome at the age of just 23.
Very quickly thereafter he became maestro di cappella, a prestigious post previously held by Tomás Luis de Victoria. Conditions at the well-funded Jesuit college were excellent and Carissimi stayed for the remainder of his life, during which time he became arguably Europe’s most admired composer. His fame grew not through publishing or self-promotion, but via countless hand-written copies of his music being transported across the continent by his many students and admirers. From Purcell’s London to Buxtehude’s Lübeck, the work of Carissimi came to be regarded by the cognoscenti as the epitome of fine vocal style. When 17th-century musicians spoke of music in ‘the latest Italian manner’ it would have been the style defined by Carissimi they often had in mind. This fame and respect led naturally to offers of employment, including one enticing opportunity to succeed Monteverdi as maestro di cappella at San Marco in Venice. Carissimi seems to have appreciated life at the Collegio Germanico however, and all such offers were turned down.

Tracklist

1.
Symphonie pour le Graduel ajoute a la Missa Gaudeamus Omnes de Fran?ois Cosset (re majeur), SdB. 229
02:21
2.
Le Reniement de Saint Pierre , H. 424 - Cum caenasset Jesus
04:04
3.
Le Reniement de Saint Pierre , H. 424 - Ecce Judas
04:49
4.
Le Reniement de Saint Pierre , H. 424 - Tunc respexit Jesus Petrum
03:05
5.
Symphonie pour le Graduel ajoute e la Missa S. Antonii Padovani de Bartholomeo Baldrati (Sol Mineur)
02:28
6.
Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402 - Cum centum esset annorum Abraham
04:22
7.
Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402 - Abraham, Abraham!
05:56
8.
Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402 - Et pergentes pariter
05:17
9.
Sacrificium Abrahae, H. 402 - Et reversus Abraham ad pueros suos
03:43
10.
Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - i.
01:33
11.
Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - ii. Rondeau
01:27
12.
Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - iii. Rigaudon
01:47
13.
Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - iv.
00:54
14.
Sonate en trio (Re Majeur), SdB. 221 - v.
01:31
15.
Historia di Jephte - Cum vocasset in proelium
04:37
16.
Historia di Jephte - Incipite in tympanis
03:42
17.
Historia di Jephte - Cantemus omnes Domino
01:16
18.
Historia di Jephte - Cum vidisset Jephte
05:29
19.
Historia di Jephte - Plorate colles
04:27
20.
Historia di Jephte - Plorate, filii Israel
03:49

Total time: 01:06:37

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807588DI

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Mastering Engineer

Brad Michel

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Producer

Johathan Freeman Atwood

Recording Engineer

Brad Michel

Recording location

St. John's Smith Square, London, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK.

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date December 28, 2014

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