"The most excellent Iacomo Carissimi, a composer of great fame, most worthy maestro di cappella of the Church of S Apollinare of the German College for a period of many years, outshines others in originality and in case of compositional style, moving the spirits of the listeners into many moods; for his compositions are full of life and vivacity of spirit."
Writing in 1650 in his widely circulated tome Musurgia Universalis, Athanasius Kircher was unreserved in his praise for his fellow Jesuit Iacomo Carissimi and drew on many of the master's works to exemplify the use of music to express emotion and touch the affections of an audience. His reputation as a composer and teacher was promoted by the singers he worked with and his many students, most notably Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Händel famously plagiarized some of Carissimi's works and Charles Burney, writing over a century after the composer's death, devoted more space to Carissimi in his General History of Music than to any other composer of the 17th century. Please visit magnificatbaroque.com?id=139
for more information about Carissimi.
This EP presents live recordings of three works by Carissimi - his setting of the dialogue "Alma, che fai, che pensi?", the madrigal "Fuggi, fuggi" and the oratorio "Vanitas Vanitatum" - along with two instrumental works by other musicians working in Rome during the 17th Century, a canzona for violins by Girolamo Frescobaldi and an organ toccata by Michelangelo Rossi. The performance took place at St. Gregory Nyssen Episcopal Church, San Francisco on September 24, 2004.
Warren Stewart, artistic director
Catherine Webster, soprano
Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Paul Elliott, tenor
Scott Whitaker, tenor
Peter Becker, bass
Rob Diggins, violin
Jolianne von Einem, violin
Warren Stewart, violoncello
David Tayler, theorbo
Hanneke van Proosdij, organ
Live performance St. Gregory Nyssen Episcopal Church, San Francisco on September 24, 2004.
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