Tomás Luis de Victoria • O quam gloriosum

VictoriaA musical suggestion for today, Feast of All Saints. Tomás Luis de Victoria bring us a fine example from his musical output: the four-voice motet O Quam Gloriosum. This motet has the indication In Omnium Sanctorum (for All Saints) and was published in the Book of motets of 1572 and republished in 1583, 1585, 1589 and 1603, showing that it was a very popular work. Based on this motet, Victoria wrote later a parody mass also for four voices. (mais…)

Monteverdi’s “Vespro della Beata Vergine” (1610)

MonteverdiJohn Elliott Gardiner explores Claudio Monteverdi’s monumental work – the Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) – on a 80′s Venetian scenario. This work is made of a series of psalms and motets: the invitatoriumDixit Dominus (psalm), Nigra sum (motet), Laudate pueri (psalm), Pulchra es (motet), Laetatus sum (psalm), Duo Seraphim (motet), Nisi Dominus (psalm), Audi coelum (motet), Lauda Jerusalem (psalm), the Sonata sopra Sancta Maria, the hymn Ave maris stella and two versions of the Magnificat. (mais…)

Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” K 622

basset clarinetPerformed by Lorenzo Coppola with Freiburger Barockorchester at Schwetzinger Festspiele 2007.

This was quite an interesting discovery in YouTube for several reasons. First, the fact that Lorenzo Coppola is using a basset clarinet, a replica of what Anton Stadler (who premiered the Concerto in Prague on 16 October 1791) played. Second, this interpretation (historical) is fantastic, for it shows a “classical perspective” of the work itself, rather than the majority of 20th century interpretations that quite often sound like – and excuse me for this rough expression – “a gorilla playing with China porcelain”. (mais…)