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Durante: Requiem in G Minor


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The second of three settings that can firmly be attributed to Durante, the G minor Requiem is dated 27 November 1738, by which time the composer was established as a senior figure in the vibrant and fast-moving culture of 18th-century Naples. Durante was a contemporary of Nicolo Porpora and Leonardo Leo, whose Salve Regina settings have been newly recorded on another recent Brilliant Classics album (96092) but they were better known as operatic composers; Durante’s fame and reputation rested then and now on his music for the church, which is noble without ponderousness, moving without sentimentality, elegant without triviality. Compared with other Neapolitans, Durante was not prolific; he strove instead, within the conventions of his age, to strike a popular tone with intimations of the sublime, and he did so by using startling dissonances, expressive use of dynamics, diminished chords and chromaticism. The G minor Requiem demonstrates all these features. It is scored for two four-part choirs, strings and two hunting horns used exclusively in the ‘Tuba mirum’. Even a casual glance at the score shows why Durante was greatly sought after as a counterpoint teacher and also why composers as different in as Pergolesi and Paisiello can be numbered among his pupils. Previous recordings have used large choirs, but performing the Requiem with small forces highlights the madrigalian qualities of Durante’s style, with an emphasis on solo rather than choral lines, as well as achieving much tighter ensemble and more precise intonation. Several of the soloists on this album also featured on the previous Brilliant Classics recording by the Astrarium Consort with their founder/director Carlo Centemeri, of motets by Giovanni Paolo Colonna (94647). ‘Soprano Francesca Cassinari has a particularly appealing sound (for me). Her clear, pure voice serves the music well… The Astrarium Consort has a good ensemble sound.’ (wtju.fm)
Facts
Item number BRI96027
Barcode 5028421960272
Release date 4/3/2020
Category Vocal
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Cassinari, Francesca
Rilievi, Roberto
Centemeri, Carlo
Bellotto, Matteo
Carzaniga, Elena
Ensemble Astrarium Consort
Disc: 1
Requiem in G Minor00:45:00
1 Requiem 00:04:59 Rilievi, Roberto Astrarium Consort Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Carzaniga, Elena Bellotto, Matteo Cassinari, Francesca
2 Kyrie 00:01:16 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
3 Requiem eternam - In memoriam 00:04:06 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
Sonata No. 3 per cembalo divisi in studii e divert00:05:00
4 Sonata No. 3 per cembalo divisi in studii e divert 00:03:49 Centemeri, Carlo
Requiem in G Minor00:45:00
5 Dies Irae 00:05:11 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
6 Recordare 00:02:04 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
7 Ingemisco tamquam reus 00:03:09 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
8 Confutatis 00:02:39 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
9 Lacrymosa dies illa 00:02:28 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
10 Domine Jesu 00:02:14 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
11 Hostias 00:02:59 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
12 Sanctus 00:01:09 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
13 Benedictus 00:00:51 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
Toccata [Naples, 17th century]00:04:00
14 Toccata [Naples, 17th century] 00:03:52 Centemeri, Carlo
Requiem in G Minor00:45:00
15 Agnus Dei 00:00:48 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
16 Lux Eterna 00:03:24 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
17 Libera me Domine 00:08:38 Cassinari, Francesca Bellotto, Matteo Carzaniga, Elena Centemeri, Carlo Centemeri, Carlo Astrarium Consort Rilievi, Roberto
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