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Giovanni Paolo Colonna: Psalmi ad Vesperas (1694)

MS 1437


Playing time: 78'22"
Tracks: 7
Booklet pages: 16
© 2012 Houston Chamber Choir
Sent to a reviewer on 29 January 2013

Listen: Giovanni Paolo Colonna: Dixit Dominus (track 2, 0:00-0:58)

Melissa Givens, soprano
Kelli Shircliffe, soprano
Ryland Angel, countertenor
Eduardo Tercero, tenor
Matthew Treviño, bass
Houston Chamber Choir and Orchestra
Robert Simpson, conductor

Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637-1695) edited by Pyrros Bamichas :

Psalmi ad Vesperas for five soloists, choir and strings, Op 12 (1694) (first recording)

1 Deus in adjutorium meum intende [Versicle - Gregorian chant]
Domine ad adjuvandum me festina [Responsory]
2 Dixit Dominus [Psalm 109]
3 Confitebor tibi Domine [Psalm 110]
4 Beatus vir [Psalm 111]
5 Laudate Dominum omnes gentes [Psalm 116]
6 Nisi Dominus [Psalm 126]
7 Magnificat anima mea Dominum [Canticle of the Blessed Virgin, Luke, 1:46-55]

The magnificent Psalmi ad Vesperas of Giovanni Paolo Colonna illustrate the little-known splendor of late seventeenth-century sacred music in northern Italy. As maestro di cappella at the prestigious church of San Petronio in Bologna from 1674 to his death in 1695, Colonna composed elaborate festive masses, motets, and psalms for performance there. During that time he also served in the same capacity at several other Bolognese churches and was a charter member of the Accademia Filarmonica, elected four times as principe (president) of that august institution. A native Bolognese, he went to Rome as a young man to study counterpoint with masters like Carissimi. He was also an organist and an organbuilder, helping to construct the casings for the two magnificent organs in the apse at San Petronio, as well as an organ for the Duke of Modena.

Recorded 31 October - 2 November 2011 at the Church of St John the Divine, Houston, Texas, USA


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