Extravagant Italian Renaissance and Baroque
Alessandro Striggio: Missa sopra Ecco si beato giorno, Motet "Ecce beata m lucem" in cinque corri
Francesco Corteccia: Plain chant du propre harmonisé
Claudio Monteverdi: Memento à huit voix
Orazio Benevoli: Laetatus sum - Miserere - Magnificat
The Missa sopra Ecco si beato giorgno for 40 and 60 voices, by Florentine composer Alessandro Striggio, is the largest known polyphonic work from the entire Renaissance period.
Rediscovered just a few years ago, the mass comprises an Agnus Dei, where 60 voices singing individual parts come in one after another until they reach the climax of the mass. Striggio composed the work for the Medicis, who were great lovers of music and commissioned talented composers to write spectacular works that would heighten the courts prestige and status. Hervé Niquet, who recently recorded the work to great acclaim, is not afraid of large ensembles. For this programme he has doubled the vocal parts with two organs, two harpsichords, cornets, trombones and low reed instruments.
Hervé Niquet, conductor
Le Concert Spirituel
Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle
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