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Alberto Turco, Ensemble Il Narvalo & Coro Istituzione Armonica – Marcello – Psalm 42 & 50 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Alberto Turco, Ensemble Il Narvalo & Coro Istituzione Armonica – Marcello – Psalm 42 & 50 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 57:30 minutes | 564 MB | Genre: Classical
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Stylish new recordings of two expansive psalm settings from 18th-century Venice.

The catalogue boasts no shortage of fine recordings of the cello sonatas and other chamber music by the Venetian nobleman Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739). However, his sacred vocal output, for which he was most highly esteemed in his own time, remains almost unknown. Several musicians are gradually redressing the balance; none more experienced in realising music of the period with flair and authenticity than Alberto Turco, whose extensive discography includes two critically acclaimed albums on Brilliant Classics, of sacred music by Giovanni Battista Fasolo (95512) and organ masses by Claudio Merulo (95145).

As on those albums, Turco takes a lively, chamber-scaled approach to Marcello which is true to the spirit as well as the letter of these scores. For the listener curious to explore the riches of 18th-century Venetian music, there are treasures galore to be found in the settings of Psalms 1-50 which Marcello composed to vernacular paraphrases of the original texts by Girolamo Ascanio Giustiniani. The complete set was published in eight opulently appointed volumes between 1724 and 1726.

Each Psalm is a spiritual cantata, not intended for liturgical use but setting the verses in madrigalian fashion for solo voices with a simple continuo accompaniment, generally abstaining from complex counterpoint and subtly moulded to the meaning of the text for maximum clarity. The Psalms were first performed in the Cavallerizza building, directed by the composer. One of the singers was Rosanna Scalfi, whom Marcello married on 20 May 1728, much to the disapproval of his family, especially his brother Alessandro.

The solo singers here are drawn from the ranks of the Coro Istituzionale Armonica, which was founded in 2018 by Alberto Turco in order to perform works by composers that have come to light in the archives of Verona Cathedral. Accompanying them, the ensemble Il Narvalo has already won critical praise for its Brilliant Classics album of music by the Spanish composer. Juan Frances de Iribarren (95859

Tracklist:

01. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm XLII: I. Dal tribunal augusto in C Minor, S.642
02. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm XLII: II. Se mia fortezza sei
03. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm XLII: III. Allor fia che a’ sacri altari
04. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm XLII: IV. Dunque alma mia
05. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: I. Psalm 50, Hebrew cantillation
06. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: II. O d’immensa pietà in F Minor. S.650
07. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: II. di tua misericordia
08. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: III. Sì, mi lavi per sempre
09. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: IV. Abbastanza comprendo
10. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: V. Te solo offesi
11. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: VI. Ché fra le iniquitadi
12. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: VII. Ma sò nen io
13. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: VIII. Coll’issoppo m’aspergi
14. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: IX. Così farai
15. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: X. Torci la facia
16. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: XI. All’or io mostrerò
17. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: XII. Clemente iddio
18. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: XIII. Tu mi sciogli la lingua
19. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: XIV. Se di vittime e sangui
20. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: X. Ma dolente uno spirto
21. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: XI. L’immensa tua pietà
22. Coro Istituzione Armonica, Ensemble Il Narvalo, Nina Cuk, Diego Buratto, Raffaele Zaninelli & Alberto Turco – Psalm L: XII. All’ora offerte

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