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Splendore di Roma

Fred Jacobs, Johannette Zomer

Kapsberger, Michi, Mazzocchi, Landi, Rossi

SKU: 19903

Year of release: 2003

1. Dove mi lasci Kapsberger 02:04
2. Gia risi del mio mal Kapsberger 04:07
3. Cinta di rose Kapsberger 01:36
4. Pargoletto son io Kapsberger 00:41
5. Toccata III Kapsberger 02:44
6. Su l'oriente Michi 01:59
7. Empio cor, core ingrato Michi 03:42
8. Gagliarda Kapsberger 01:31
9. Fin dal monte Sion Mazzocchi 04:54
10. Spoglie che fosti (Didone) Mazzocchi 04:55
11. Voi, voi rubaste il core Mazzocchi 01:47
12. Canzone I Kapsberger 04:37
13. Leggiadra rosa Landi 02:21
14. Non si scherzi con amore Landi 02:02
15. Toccata II Kapsberger 03:14
16. Or che la notte del silenzio amica Rossi 06:57
17. Passacaglia Kapsberger 03:38
18. Disperati che aspetti piu Rossi 02:29
19. Addio, perfida, addio Rossi 01:55

About this album

During the pontificate of Urban VIII (1623-1644), the arts in Rome enjoyed a period of unprecedented splendor. In the context of the Counterreformation, they were part of the propaganda arsenal of papal might. The architecture of Bernini and Borromini, as well as the musiche of Mazzocchi and Rossi, echoing in the private apartments of the cardinals and the accademie, where the elite of Rome congregated to enjoy music and poetry, bear witness to this trend.
The texts set in this music were often deliberately vague as to whether their content was secular or religious. The primary intent was to express of the power of the words and their affect, by using the richest possible harmonic support. Composers like Landi and Michi both sang and accompanied themselves; the instruments which were considered most suitable for this purpose were the theorbo and the harp, which could accommodate to the voice at nearly every dynamic level. Mazzocchi, in his compositions, even provides indications of changes to tempo and dynamics. He sometimes gives the accompaniment an independent part in order to emphasize the text.
For example, in ‘Spoglie’, the theorbo follows the text “passerà l’ombra mia la ripa avara” in a literally shadow-like way. The most important virtuoso theorbo player of 17th century Rome was Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger, Il Tedesco della Tiorba (the German Theorbist). In addition to solo compositions for theorbo and lute, his publications include collections of motets, villanelle, and ‘arie’, some of which have a fully written-out accompaniment in tablature, such as ‘Già risi’, recorded on this cd…..

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Volkskrant

de meest gevierde sopraan uit de garde van jonge zangers (…) (…) geweldige feeling voor dit Barokke repertoire (…) (…) in elk lied heeft haar stem weer een nieuwe toepasselijke kleur en stemming (…) (…) aandachtig en gevoelvol theorbe-spel van Fred Jacobs (…)

Luister

Met haar kraakheldere stem weet Johannette Zomer op een natuurlijke, haast vanzelfsprekende wijze een scala van gevoelens verbeelden. Jacobs zorgt voor een dynamische, vloeiende begeleiding en is ook in de composities voor theorbe zeer overtuigend. (…)

Classics Today

Jacobs is one of the world’s masters of theorbo (…) (…) The interaction between Zomer and Jacobs is finely tuned and unquestionably comes from a uniform interpretive point of view. (…) (…) you won’t be disappointed by the excellent sound, which gives vivid life to the theorbo selections and perfectly balances voice and instrument in an intimate acoustic setting.

de Gelderlander

delicate kleinoden uit het erfgoed van de Eeuwige Stad (…) (…) de sopraan Johannette Zomer klaagt en behaagt, prikkelt en verleidt met de muziek van onbekende meesters uit de barok die in hun korte werkjes een breed scala aan vocale emoties ten tonele voeren (…)

International Record Review

Jacobs and Zomer work wonderfully together. Zomer’s natural and unforced soprano rings out true and clear, with vibrato just one of many devices in her expressive quiver. (…) (…) Jacobs put his faith in the simplest colours and textures (…) Very intimate and very lovely. More soon, please, from this perfect partnership. the recording is exceptionally full and detailed, and audiophiles may be interested to know that this disc is also available in SACD format.

Crescendo

Excellent aufgenommen!! Ungewohnlich plastisch ubd präsent wird die Theorbe afgebildet, und Johannette Zomer scheint beinahe vor einem zu stehen. Dieser intime Charakter der Lieder wird auch musikalisch getroffen, das perfekt aufeinder eingestellte und miteinander spielende Team findet genau die richtige Balance zwischen der Vermittlung der Stimmung und virtuoser Verziering.

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Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationDoopgezinde Kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands 2003
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersDCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series