I Turchini, Antonio Florio – Il Tesoro di San Gennaro: Sacred music in early 18th-century Naples (2013) [Qobuz FLAC 24/44,1]

Il Tesoro di San Gennaro: Sacred music in early 18th-century Naples – I Turchini, Antonio Florio (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:03:13 minutes | 480 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: in the Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Sorrento, Italy, in March 2012

Antonio Florio’s deep understanding of the Baroque musical terrain of Naples now takes him to the dawn of the 18th century when the fervour and visceral excitement held by Neapolitans for their chief patron saint San Gennaro was at its height, in an era when the city had been ravaged by plague and was living in constant fear of eruptions from nearby Mount Vesuvius. Great devotion was directed at San Gennaro, in the belief that he would ward off further evils: a richly-adorned chapel in Naples’s cathedral was dedicated to him and provided with its own musical ensemble, and a stream of composers (often pupils of the great Francesco Provenzale) such as Cristofaro Caresana, Nicola Fago and Gaetano Veneziano worked there.

Central to the programme of I Turchini, prepared by Florio and Dinko Fabris, are performances of Fago’s four-part Stabat Mater and Caresana’s canzona Sirene festose. There is a rare outing also for a motet, Antra valles Divo plaudant, written by the young Domenico Scarlatti – three of whose string sinfonias are also included here – when he was one of the organists in the Real Cappella; musicians in Naples regularly moved in and out of different ensembles, then as now.

A booklet essay by Fabris himself splendidly underpins the popular traditions and musical and religious colour surrounding San Gennaro in a Naples still alive today; moreover, an evocation brought to potent life by the performances of Florio, with his singers and instrumentalists of I Turchini.

Il Tesoro di San Gennaro: Sacred music in early 18th-century Naples

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sinfonia a 5 in do maggiore
1 | I. Presto 00:00:50
2 | II. Adagio e staccato 00:01:13
3 | III. Allegro assai 00:01:37
Cristoforo Caresana (1640-1709)
Canzona a 4 con istromenti “Per S. Gennaro” (Napoli 1702)
4 | Canzona a 4 con istromenti “Per S. Gennaro” 00:06:39
Francesco Nicola Fago (1677-1745)
Confetibor a 3 con violini
5 | Confetibor 00:04:01
Stabat mater a 4 voci e strumenti
6 | Stabat mater dolorosa (Largo) 00:03:51
7 | Pro peccatis suae gentis (Andante moderato) 00:04:53
8 | Virgo virginum praeclara (Andante) 00:02:31
9 | Quando corpus morietur (Largo) 00:02:36

Domenico Scarlatti
Sinfonia a 4 in re maggiore
10 | I. Grave 00:00:27
11 | II. Presto 00:02:15
12 | III. Adagio 00:00:40
13 | IV. Allegro assai 00:00:36
Antra, valles, divo plaudeant (mottetto a 5 voci e strumenti) (Napoli 1701)
14 | Antra valles Divo plaudant (Coro) 00:01:57
15 | Cultor nemorum Joannes (Primo solo) 00:03:19
16 | Istae praecursor magnus (Secondo solo) 00:04:07
17 | Supernae vos mentes (Duo) 00:02:02
18 | Prepotens martir et Lydus luminis (Alto solo) 00:02:58
19 | Antra valles Divo plaudant (Coro finale) 00:02:01

Gaetano Veneziano (1665-1716)
Jam sol recedit (inno a voce sola con violini) (Napoli 1702)
20 | Jam sol recedit 00:03:35
Iste confessor (inno a 2 voci, 4 violini e b.c.)
21 | Iste Confessor 00:04:19

Domenico Scarlatti
Sinfonia a 4 in sol maggiore
22 | I. Allegro assai 00:00:43
23 | II. Grave 00:00:46
24 | III. Allegro assai 00:00:57

Gaetano Veneziano
Ave Maris Stella (inno a voce sola con violini) (Napoli 1693)
25 | Ave Maris Stella 00:04:20

I Turchini
Antonio Florio, direction
Valentina Varriale, soprano
Leslie Visco, soprano
Filippo Mineccia, countertenor
Rosario Totaro, tenor
Pino De Vittorio, tenor
Giuseppe Naviglio, bass





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