Les Cris de Paris / Geoffroy Jourdain

Passions: Venezia 1600-1750

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The transition between the Renaissance and the Baroque eras did not mark one sudden change of forms or styles, nor did it signal the end of what Claudio Monteverdi called the prima pratica, or the primary practice of Renaissance polyphony. However, a new emphasis on powerful emotional expressions became a central feature of what he dubbed the seconda pratica, which came to the fore with the development of opera, most notably in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1607. Composers paid special attention to the innovations in the music of Venice, which eventually spread throughout Europe in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and such figures as Monteverdi, Antonio Lotti, and Antonio Caldara, long associated with the city, became exemplars of the new Venetian style, in both secular and sacred music. A case in point is illustrated in this 2019 Harmonia Mundi release by Geoffroy Jourdain and Les Cris de Paris, which offers passionate music in pieces by these composers, as well as music by Tarquinio Merula, Francesco Cavalli, Giovanni Legrenzi, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Biagio Marini. Lotti's three settings of the "Crucifixus," from the Latin Credo, are of particular significance on this program, along with settings by Monteverdi and Caldara, though there is a substantial representation of vocal and choral works on other texts which reflect the same intensity and nearly theatrical displays of emotions. Jourdain and the voices and period instruments of Les Cris de Paris have delivered a compelling album of affecting performances, and the recording at the Métropôle Saint-Césaire in Arles is reverberant but focused on details, so every nuance is captured.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 09:11 Amazon
2 03:33 Amazon
Orfeo (II, 1607) SV 318
3 01:28 Amazon
4 06:41 Amazon
Sonata sesta a quatro, La Cetra, Libro 4, Op. 10
5 02:28 Amazon
6 07:23 Amazon
7 02:40 Amazon
Ballo delle ingrate, Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi, Libro ottavo, SV 167
8 05:21 Amazon
9 05:28 Amazon
10 02:59 Amazon
11 02:26 Amazon
12 05:10 Amazon
13 02:21 Amazon
Chi vol che m'innamori (extr), SV 256
14 01:42 Amazon
15 04:25 Amazon
16 06:00 Amazon
17 01:40 Amazon
18 00:56 Amazon
19 02:29 Amazon
20 01:23 Amazon
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