Pasquini: Passion Cantatas

Composer Bernardo Pasquini
Artist Sharon Rostorf-Zamir soprano
Furio Zanasi baritone
Capella Tiberina
Giovanni Caruso conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94225
EAN code 5028421942254
Release February 2012

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About this release

Bernardo Pasquini (1637–1710) was born in the province of Pistoia, Italy. Drawn to Rome like many promising young musicians, his first of many posts was as organist at the Chiesa Nouva church, and in 1667 he obtained a good position in the service of Prince Giovanni Battista Borghese, where he composed ceremonial music at the Borghese Palace and spent the rest of his days. Along with Corelli and Scarlatti, Pasquini played a major part in the musical life of Rome, and was famous for his skill as both a harpsichordist and organist.

The two Passion cantatas featured on this new CD, Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori and Padre, Signore e Dio, were composed for Holy Week at the Borghese Chapel, and comprise miniature oratorios. Although the chapel was relatively small, the instrumental forces used at the time for large-scale oratorios could reach 150 players. Here, the forces are much more modest, but the richness of Pasquini’s scoring and the textures he created make for a lush and sumptuous sound. The music is sensual, dramatic and extremely beautiful: Pasquini was a composer of great skill, and his depictions of thunder and lightening as well as stormy seas are truly impressive.

A most welcome and original release for the Easter season!

Other information:
- New recordings, recorded in Pistoia, Italy in 2011, performed on original instruments.
- Booklet includes notes and complete sung texts

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Sinfonia
  2. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Arioso: Hor ch’il ciel fra densi horrori
  3. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Io, che per opra del Divin Fattore
  4. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Chiusi avelli, disserratevi
  5. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Ahi, che di te non meno
  6. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Miei flutti vastissimi
  7. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Duet: Dia pur tributi
  8. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Ed io misera, ed io
  9. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Grandini furibonde
  10. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Duet: Antri, boschi
  11. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Qual ignota possanza
  12. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Miei pallori
  13. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Taci, e lascia ch’io solo
  14. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Piangete, o fiori
  15. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Ma, oh stupore! Che veggio?
  16. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Fere, inghiottitelo
  17. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Lungi, pietosi affetti
  18. Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Duet: Ahi dell’huom barbare voglie
  19. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Sinfonia
  20. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Padre, Signore e Dio
  21. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Deh, taci!
  22. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Non potea, se bene ardita
  23. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Dunque Amore è quell’empio
  24. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Deh, ti basti, Amor, sì sì!
  25. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Con tante bocche aperte
  26. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Duet: Se in dono la Fede
  27. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Signor, tu giaci estinto
  28. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Quella morte che feroce
  29. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Recitative: Per ingemmar di stelle
  30. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Aria: Piangerò, ma poi vorrei
  31. Padre, Signore e Dio, Cantata for soprano, bass, violins and continuo: Duet: Già sento nel petto