Colonna: Triumphate Fideles Complete motets for solo voice and instruments

Composer Giovanni Paolo Colonna
Artist Astrarium Consort
Carlo Centemeri conductor
Francesca Cassinari soprano
Elena Carzaniga alto
Paolo Borgonovo tenor
Salvo Vitale bass
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94647
EAN code 5028421946474
Release August 2015

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Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637-1695) was a native of Bologna and the music director of one of its major churches, dedicated to San Petronio, where he presided over a rich culture of sacred music distinguished by participation from names now far better known to us such as Torelli, Bononcini and Giovanni Gabrieli. This valuable set brings together for the first time on record all his surviving compositions in the form of the sacred motet which was so popular as an extra-liturgical contribution (perhaps performed as offertory or communion music) towards worship, featuring the skills of what must have been highly skilled singers as well as a rich continuo section.

Colonna’s music has received relatively little attention on record until now, though Philippe Jaroussky concluded a 2009 album with the gorgeous O coeli devota, and there is one other, older recording of several other motets, as well as a larger-scale oratorio. So the time is now right to reassess his contribution and his own voice, with excellent new, historically informed performances led by Carlo Centemeri, who has already brought several rarities from the Italian Baroque to Brilliant Classics, including music by Albinoni (BC94852) and Bassani (BC94259), which received 5 star reviews in Amadeus and Diapason.

These motets are multi-movement works, scarcely dwelling for long on any one emotion or text, even in the arias, but moving pacily though narratives of repentance, devotion and praise, and mostly concluding with exuberant Allelujas, much as Bach would fashion his Jauchzet Gott BWV51 for solo soprano in the Italian style a generation later. Anyone with even a passing interest in the Italian Baroque and its charming byways will want to hear this.

First recordings by Giovanni Colonna (1637-1695), who was the Music Director of the famous church San Petronio in his native Bologna. He composed his Sacred Motets for liturgical use, on devotional texts in Latin.
This set presents the complete motets for solo voice and basso continuo, consisting of several movements, written for alternatively soprano, alto, tenor and bass. It is music of great beauty, expressing the emotional content of the text, from repentance to joy, from intimacy to exultation.
Excellent performances by 4 Italian soloists and the instrumental ensemble Astrarium Consort, led by Carlo Centemeri, who already successfully recorded for Brilliant Classics chamber music by Bassani (BC94259) and Albinoni (BC94852). Centemeri wrote himself the scholarly liner notes.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: I. Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae
  2. Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: II. Salve dies beata
  3. Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: III. Triumphales, immortals
  4. Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: IV. Aeterna scandit limina
  5. Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: V. In hac die tam solemni
  6. Ecce iubar, ecce aurorae for a Saint, GPC 19: VI. Alleluia
  7. O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: I. O lucidissima dies
  8. O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: II. Orbi sacer redit amor
  9. O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: III. O felix vere dies
  10. O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: IV. O splendida aurora
  11. O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: V. O vere beatam
  12. O lucidissima Dies for the Holy Spirit, GPC 21: VI. Alleluia
  13. O ingens divini presulis munus for a Saint, GPC 28: I. O ingens divini presulis munus
  14. O ingens divini presulis munus for a Saint, GPC 28: II. Ad sidera accredit
  15. O ingens divini presulis munus for a Saint, GPC 28: III. O felix, o laeta dies
  16. O ingens divini presulis munus for a Saint, GPC 28: IV. Laeta semper exultando
  17. Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: I. Ad gaudia gentes
  18. Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: II. Intuemini fidelis animae
  19. Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: III. Sit amor in spe
  20. Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: IV. Eripuit nos de inimicis nostris
  21. Ad gaudia gentes Throughout the Year, GPC 26: V. Ergo laetas date voces
  22. Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: I. Ad pugnas fideles
  23. Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: II. Expergiscimini fideles omnes
  24. Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: III. Mundi surgit ad honores
  25. Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: IV. Eia igitur
  26. Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: V. Ad bella venite
  27. Ad pugnas fideles Throughout the Year, GPC 22: VI. Alleluia
  28. Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: I. Sacri amoris ad ardores
  29. Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: II. Egredimini filiae Sion
  30. Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: III. Iam gaudent aethera
  31. Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: IV. Descendit caelesist amor
  32. Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: V. Ad sacros fulgores
  33. Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: VI. O amor, o salus, o vita
  34. Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: VII. Laudis ergo sonet honor
  35. Sacri amoris ad ardores for the Blessed, GPC 30: VIII. Alleluia

Disk 2

  1. O sidera, o coeli for a Saint, GPC 27: I. O sidera, o coeli
  2. O sidera, o coeli for a Saint, GPC 27: II. Antonii Beatissimi est
  3. O sidera, o coeli for a Saint, GPC 27: III. Quid ergo expectatis
  4. O sidera, o coeli for a Saint, GPC 27: IV. Exultantes spirent venti
  5. O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: I. O Coeli devote
  6. O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: II. Angeli currite
  7. O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: III. Ecce ancilla trinitatis
  8. O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: IV. Ad delicias, ad hortum
  9. O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: V. Haec ergo corde condite
  10. O coeli devota for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 25: VI. Alleluia
  11. Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: I. Triumphate fideles
  12. Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: II. Properate, festinate
  13. Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: III. O beatissima crux
  14. Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: IV. Iesu amara
  15. Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: V. Crux bona
  16. Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: VI. Per te laetus exultat Olympus
  17. Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: VII. O crux venerabilis
  18. Triumphate fideles for the Holy Cross, GPC 29: VIII. Alleluia
  19. Gaudete, cantate for a Virgin, GPC 24: I. Gaudete, cantata
  20. Gaudete, cantate for a Virgin, GPC 24: II. Exoritur in terris novi syderis lux
  21. Gaudete, cantate for a Virgin, GPC 24: III. Salve Sancta Christi sponsa
  22. Gaudete, cantate for a Virgin, GPC 24: IV. Effloruit in Jesse
  23. Gaudete, cantate for a Virgin, GPC 24: V. Gaudete, cantate (2)
  24. Gaudete, cantate for a Virgin, GPC 24: VI. Alleluia
  25. Ad novum caeli iubar for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 23: I. Ad novum caeli iubar
  26. Ad novum caeli iubar for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 23: II. Haec est Maria
  27. Ad novum caeli iubar for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 23: III. Ista mundi per errors
  28. Ad novum caeli iubar for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 23: IV. O, quam pulchra es Maria!
  29. Ad novum caeli iubar for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 23: V. Tu mater, tu sponsa
  30. Ad novum caeli iubar for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 23: VI. Tu fax es amoris
  31. Ad novum caeli iubar for the Blessed Virgin, GPC 23: VII. Alleluia
  32. Ad amores, ad honores for a Confessor, GPC 20: I. Ad amores, ad honores
  33. Ad amores, ad honores for a Confessor, GPC 20: II. Eia? Eia quam mora?
  34. Ad amores, ad honores for a Confessor, GPC 20: III.O laetus triumphus
  35. Ad amores, ad honores for a Confessor, GPC 20: IV. Alleluia