Benedetto Marcello: Psalms


VOCES8 and Les Inventions shine a light on a hidden musical treasure in these world-premiere recordings of Charles Avison’s 1757 adaptation of Benedetto Marcello’s Estro-poetico armonico. A fresh and original collection, Marcello’s Psalm settings were composed in Venice and quickly found fame across Europe after their publication between 1724 and 1726.

★★★★★ The results are wholly delightful and absorbing, and the intimate forces of VOCES8 and Les Inventions are completely at home in this repertoire – Choir & Organ

★★★★ With their vivid word-setting and lively declamation, the English texts give a slightly homespun quality to the enterprise. Well sung, there’s a striking triple canon with Latin text to finish – The Observer

★★★★ Marcello’s masterpiece receives…world premiere recording here by VOCES8, accompanied by the organ, recorder and strings of French early-music ensemble Les Inventions – The Independent

Very polished – BBC Radio 3 CD Review

A nice variety of vocal colours and a lovely blend make for a convincing representation of Marcello’s largely unknown masterpiece Estro poetico-armonico. More please – Early Music Review

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RELEASE DATE: 28/08/2015
BARCODE: 635212039120

1. Estro poetico-armonico: Psalm 11: In the Lord My God Put I My Trust Benedetto Marcello, arr. Charles Avison

2. Estro poetico-armonico: Psalm 32: Blessed is He Whose Wickedness is Forgiven Benedetto Marcello, arr. Charles Avison

3. Sonata No. 12, Op. 2: Ciaccona Benedetto Marcello

4. Estro poetico-armonico: Psalm 50: The Lord Jehovah, Even The Most Mighty God, Hath Spoken Benedetto Marcello, arr. Charles Avison

5. Estro poetico-armonico: Psalm 46: God is Our Refuge and Our Strength Benedetto Marcello, arr. Charles Avison

6. Canon Triplex: In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum Benedetto Marcello

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