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Sances: Dulcis Amor Iesu

Giovanni Felice Sances - Girolamo Kapsberger - Luigi Rossi

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Belgium's Ricercar label has issued top-notch performances of a great deal of 17th century music that without its efforts would have remained obscure. The good news continues with this album of music by Giovanni Felice Sances, an Italian trained in Venice who went on to serve the Habsburg monarchy in Vienna. His motets, for a solo voice up to a quartet plus continuo, certainly take the music of Monteverdi as a point of departure, but Sances' motets have a sober quality that annotator and group leader Nicholas Achten attributes to the Catholicism of the Habsburgs and the lingering influence of the purifying Council of Trent. The motets are fairly simple, oriented toward text intelligibility, and opportunities for vocal display are few in comparison with Monteverdi. Yet Achten somewhat overstates this aspect of the music, and the program as a whole provides a nice example of the ways composers adapted the Monteverdi style to the requirements of the work situations in which they found themselves around Europe. Sances is generally direct, but when he comes to a text with strongly romantic-sexual imagery, such as Dulcis amor Iesu (Jesus, my sweet love, sweet treasure, my beloved, I ask you to pierce me with your arrows, track 3), he responds in kind with an expanded melodic palette. The highlight is Sances' Stabat Mater (track 8), usually sung by a countertenor but here rendered by Achten himself, a baritone. It's a magnificent setting, unfolding with a profound mixture of tragedy and inner logic over 10 1/5 minutes of monodic style. The performances by Achten's group Scherzi Musicali are superb. The large continuo group, including multiple strummed strings and sometimes both harpsichord and organ, are applied not only to the vocal pieces but also to various instrumental toccatas and preludes by other composers, giving them the effect of natural interludes in the program rather than intrusions from a whole different genre. Strongly recommended for lovers of the early Baroque. All texts are given in German, French, and English, as well as the original Latin.
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1
Iubient in caelis (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:05:34

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

2
Iste confessor domini colentes (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:01

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Céline Vielset, Performer - Marie de Roy, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

3
Dulcis amor Iesu (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:36

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

4
Toccata prima (Extrait de Libro Quarto d'intavolatura di Chitarone)
Scherzi Musicali
00:05:29

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Sarah Ridy, Performer - Girolamo Kapsberger, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

5
Salvum me fac (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:04:45

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, Performer - Olivier Berten, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

6
Salve Regina (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:06:16

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Céline Vielset, Performer - Marie de Roy, Performer - Olivier Berten, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

7
Ciaccona - Domine ne memineris iniquitatum nostrarum (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:05:02

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Céline Vieslet, Performer - Marie de Roy, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

8
Stabat mater dolorosa (Extrait de Motetti à voce sola)
Scherzi Musicali
00:10:28

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

9
Ritornello (Extrait de L'Orfeo)
Scherzi Musicali
00:01:15

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Luigi Rossi, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

10
Vulnerasti cor meum (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:05:05

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Marie de Roy, Performer - Olivier Berten, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

11
Toccata settima (Extrait de Toccata e' corente d'Intavolatura d'organo e cembalo)
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:47

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Michelangelo Rossi, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

12
O Iesu mi dulcissime (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:04:14

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Céline Vielset, Performer - Marie de Roy, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

13
Magnificemus in cantico (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:04:41

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Céline Vielset, Performer - Marie de Roy, Performer - Olivier Berten, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

14
Ave maris stella (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:17

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Céline Vielset, Performer - Marie de Roy, Performer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, Performer - Olivier Berten, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

15
Laudemus viros gloriosos (Extrait de Motetti à une, due, tre, e quattro voci)
Scherzi Musicali
00:06:31

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Olivier Berten, Performer - Giovanni Felice Sances, Composer

2009 Outhere 2009 Outhere

Album Description

Belgium's Ricercar label has issued top-notch performances of a great deal of 17th century music that without its efforts would have remained obscure. The good news continues with this album of music by Giovanni Felice Sances, an Italian trained in Venice who went on to serve the Habsburg monarchy in Vienna. His motets, for a solo voice up to a quartet plus continuo, certainly take the music of Monteverdi as a point of departure, but Sances' motets have a sober quality that annotator and group leader Nicholas Achten attributes to the Catholicism of the Habsburgs and the lingering influence of the purifying Council of Trent. The motets are fairly simple, oriented toward text intelligibility, and opportunities for vocal display are few in comparison with Monteverdi. Yet Achten somewhat overstates this aspect of the music, and the program as a whole provides a nice example of the ways composers adapted the Monteverdi style to the requirements of the work situations in which they found themselves around Europe. Sances is generally direct, but when he comes to a text with strongly romantic-sexual imagery, such as Dulcis amor Iesu (Jesus, my sweet love, sweet treasure, my beloved, I ask you to pierce me with your arrows, track 3), he responds in kind with an expanded melodic palette. The highlight is Sances' Stabat Mater (track 8), usually sung by a countertenor but here rendered by Achten himself, a baritone. It's a magnificent setting, unfolding with a profound mixture of tragedy and inner logic over 10 1/5 minutes of monodic style. The performances by Achten's group Scherzi Musicali are superb. The large continuo group, including multiple strummed strings and sometimes both harpsichord and organ, are applied not only to the vocal pieces but also to various instrumental toccatas and preludes by other composers, giving them the effect of natural interludes in the program rather than intrusions from a whole different genre. Strongly recommended for lovers of the early Baroque. All texts are given in German, French, and English, as well as the original Latin.
© TiVo

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