The title Giacomo Facco: Master of Kings is translated literally from Uberto Zanolli’s Giacomo Facco: Maestro de reyes, the rst major biography on this musician and composer.
Giacomo Facco was born on 1676 in the Most Serene Republic of Venice, in the small village of Marsango. The first documentary records of his work are in a series of cantatas, dated 1702, kept in Naples. It is there he may have started working for Antonio Spi?nola. The Spi?nola family was part of the high Spanish nobility and Antonio, during the War of the Spanish Succession, was appointed Viceroy of Sicily, where he lived until 1713. Facco also moved there with the marquis’ court, and had a period of intense activity, during which he premiered several operas and oratorios, as well as some cantatas.
The music selected on this DSD Album Giacomo Facco: Master of Kings is a journey through his cantatas and his cello music, exemplifying two stages of the composer’s life; works from the years he worked in Italy and works from the time he spent in Spain. After the success achieved with their first recording with COBRA records, Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix and Tomoko Matsuoka are back with this album of Giacomo Facco’s works. The world premiere recording of a monographic chamber music repertory by an Italian composer who is probably one of the most important and in uent composers of the Spanish Baroque era.
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Bruel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis
The recording was originally digitized using the dCS 904, which operated at DSD64.
The original session tracks were edited and rebalanced (which meant going through the mixer) in the only available format for that purpose; the Pyramix 352.8KHz/24bit PCM (DXD). Prior to the advent of direct digital delivery, the next step in the production process from 352.8KHz/24bit PCM would be the DSD64 edited master for SACD production. What we have done now is also make a direct conversion to DSD128 and DSD256 from that original DXD edited master, without going through any interim processing steps.
Those DXD to DSD conversions are not up-samplings, as they would be going from one PCM sampling rate to another, for they are different encoding systems. PCM is a digital value sample based system, and DSD is a digital bit density modulated system. Conversion from any PCM sample rate to any DSD bit rate system is a remodulation, not an up-sampling.
We feel there is an audio advantage to this process in using the original files so we give you the choice and you can decide.
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Church Westvest90, Schiedam, The Nederlands. On June 7, 8, 9, 2017
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Earlymusicreview, may 2018
While the cantatas he published while working in Italy are a little pedestrian, the later Spanish-period works sound more convincing. However, none of the cantatas sound as interesting as Facco’s innovative and engaging sinfonias for cello and harpsichord. This is due on the present CD to Guillermo Turino’s exciting technique on the Baroque cello, which brings these latter works to life….
Scherzo, may 2018
The work of Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix and Tomoko Matsuoka, rediscovering Italian musicians who worked in Spain during the first decades of the 18th century, is priceless.
It is really exquisite music, magnificently performed. Listening to Boix’s voice is always a joy.
‘A very interesting and enriching (re)discovery of very nice music, very well played on an interesting label. Highly recommended.’
Opus Klassiek, april 2018
‘Master of Kings’ biedt vier cantates (volgens het bekende recitatief- en ariamodel) en drie sinfonia’s (vierdelig, afwisselend langzaam en snel) voor cello solo (met het klavecimbel als begeleidingsinstrument). Aldus is een smaakvolle variatie ontstaan die bovendien een representatief beeld biedt van de Italiaans-Spaanse barokmuziek uit de achttiende eeuw. Met uitzondering van de cantate ‘Cuando En El Oriente’ zijn ze hier voor de eerste maal vastgelegd. Tom Peeters heeft er weer een opnamejuweeltje van gemaakt, waarbij de Schiedamse Westvestkerk zich wederom bewezen als een uitstekende opnamelocatie.
Varias cosas nos han gustado de este nuevo disco del sello holandés Cobra, recién presentado en marzo en diversos auditorios españoles: el cuidado diseño y la calidad técnica de la grabación, las muy documentadas notas del libreto, la elección de un repertorio inédito y, por supuesto, la interpretación…
…En definitiva, es Guillermo Turina el alma de la grabación, haciendo de enlace entre dos intérpretes técnicamente perfectas…
We like many things of this CD from Dutch label COBRA, recently released in some Spanish auditories: the cared design and the technical quality of the recording, the very documented notes of the booklet, the election of the repertory and, of course, the interpretation…
…Definetely, it is Guillermo Turina the soul of the recording, being the bridge between two technicly perfect interpreters…
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