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Rotem – The Carlo G Manuscript (24/96 FLAC)

Rotem - The Carlo G Manuscript (24/96 FLAC)

Rotem – The Carlo G Manuscript (24/96 FLAC)

Performer: Profeti Della Quinta, Plamena Nikitassova, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher
Conductor: Elam Rotem
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Glossa
Size: 1.01 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. anon.: Veni dilecte mi (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
02. anon.: Tota pulchra es (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
03. anon.: Amor Jesu dulcissime (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
04. Quagliati: Alma mater
05. Caccini, G: Benché sovra le stelle (‘per monache’)
06. anon.: Ricercar [Biblioteca musicale Laurence K. J. Feininger, MS FP 236]
07. anon.: Sub umbra illius (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
08. anon.: Toccata in D [Chigi Manuscript, Q IV 24]
09. anon.: Mater Hierusalem (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
10. anon.: Ego flos campi (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
11. anon.: Ego dormio et cor meum vigilat (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
12. anon.: Panis angelicus (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
13. anon.: Toccata in A [Chigi Manuscript, Q IV 27]
14. anon.: Iste est (‘per S. Bernardo’) (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
15. anon.: Peccavi super numerum (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
16. anon.: Toccata elevatione [Chigi Manuscript, Q IV 29]
17. anon.: Miserere mei (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
18. anon.: Nigra sum (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)
19. Giacobbi: Luce gratiae tuae
20. Quagliati: Toccata
21. Caccini, G: Deus Dominus meus
22. anon.: Canzone [Biblioteca musicale Laurence K. J. Feininger, MS FP 236]
23. anon.: Sicut sponsus matris (from Di Carlo G. Manuscript, ca. 1600-1620)

Recorded: 26-27 April / 2-6 May 2016
Recording Venue: Chiesa del Santi Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio, Italy

Some 15 years ago, the hitherto unknown “Carlo G Manuscript” was purchased at a Vienna jumble sale for the princely sum of 60 euros. Once a doctoral thesis has been prepared based on this document and it had been made available on the internet in the form of scanned images, the manuscript was sold by Sotheby’s at auction to an anonymous buyer in 2007, as a consequence of which it has once again disappeared. The fact that the surname of its author had become illegible as a result of a smudge deepens the mystery surrounding the manuscript even further – however, although being from the same time as that of the famous Carlo Gesualdo, everything points to the fact the prince of Venosa was not the composer being searched for… An extensive selection of pieces from the manuscript can now be heard courtesy of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, performed by the ensemble Profeti della Quinta, and directed by the organist Elam Rotem. These are liturgical pieces dating from the early seventeenth century which undoubtedly would have sounded in Central Italy in a very similar from to what can be heard on this recording: one of the manuscript’s peculiar characteristics is that it includes, exactly – note for note – what is expected from the singers and organist. This embraces the complex ornamentations which, by and large, musicians would improvise and wouldn’t be written down. The acoustic of the Chiesa dei Santi Eusebio e Vittore de Peglio, Italy provides added authenticity to a project which is entrancing from every angle.

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