Frescobaldi: Masses

Frescobaldi: Masses
Composer Girolamo Frescobaldi
Artist La Stagione Armonica
Schola Gregoriana
Roberto Loreggian organ
Sergio Balestracci conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93780
EAN code 5028421937809
Release February 2009

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Girolamo Frescobaldi was born in Ferrara in 1583, and worked for the influential and wealthy Este family. Ferrara at this time had become the centre for the modern arts and the musical avant-garde. Virtuoso singing and playing flourished, and it was into this heady atmosphere that the young Frescobaldi cut
his teeth.

In 1608 he took the position of organist at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In 1615 a new basilica was built with two fine organs upon which Frescobaldi performed his famous improvisatory toccatas during ceremonial occasions. In Rome at this time he mingled with other major figures in the artistic community including Bernini and Pietro da Cortona.

Although Frescobaldi was one of the earliest composers to make keyboard compositions his speciality, he was also expected to provide vocal and choral works for his patron.

On the third volume of the Brilliant Classics Frescobaldi Edition are two Masses that have survived in manuscript partbooks, inscribed ‘G.F.di’, which scholars believe is a reference to Frescobaldi. It is likely that these masses were performed in the basilica, and Frescobaldi uses popular songs as the basis for both works. One is a song of a girl pleading with her mother not to send her to a convent, the other a song composed for the wedding of the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1589. Both works are beautifully crafted examples of late 17th-century Italian church music.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2006.
- Comprehensive booklet note with sung texts and translations.
- Other volumes in the Brilliant Classics Frescobaldi Edition: Canzone (BC93766) and Toccatas and Partitas (BC93767).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Missa sopra l’aria della Monica: Introitus Gaudeamus
  2. Missa sopra l’aria della Monica: Kyrie
  3. Missa sopra l’aria della Monica: Gloria
  4. Missa sopra l’aria della Monica: Credo
  5. Missa sopra l’aria della Monica: Offertorium Ave Maria
  6. Missa sopra l’aria della Monica: Sanctus
  7. Missa sopra l’aria della Monica: Agnus Dei
  8. Missa sopra l’aria della Monica: Antiphona Diffusa est
  9. Missa sopra l’aria di Fiorenza: Antiphona ad introitum / De ventre matris meae
  10. Missa sopra l’aria di Fiorenza: Kyrie
  11. Missa sopra l’aria di Fiorenza: Gloria
  12. Missa sopra l’aria di Fiorenza: Credo
  13. Missa sopra l’aria di Fiorenza: Offertorium / Iustus ut palma
  14. Missa sopra l’aria di Fiorenza: Sanctus
  15. Missa sopra l’aria di Fiorenza: Agnus Dei
  16. Missa sopra l’aria di Fiorenza: Antiphona / Tu puer, propheta