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CD Spring 2015

Salamone ROSSI (approx. 1570 – approx. 1630)

Sonata sopra l'aria di Ruggiero (soloists and orchestra)

Marco UCCELLINI (1603 or1610 – 1680)

Aria sopra la Bergamasca (soloists and orchestra)

Jean-Sébastien BACH (1685 – 1750)

Motet "Jesu, meine Freude" BWV 227 (soloists and choir)

Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879 – 1936)

Suite n°3 de Danses et airs antiques pour luth (orchestra)

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (approx. 1636 – 1704)

Te Deum H146 (soloists, choir and orchestra)

First of all, you are welcomed by 2 light sonatas from Rossi and Uccellini arranged for 2 recorders and a string  orchestra. These are followed by a vocal piece for 5 voices by Bach, the Motet "Jesu, meine Freude", all-enveloping and structured with great care to deliver a fervent, religious message.

The magnificent sounds of the strings are then featured strongly in Suite n°3 from Ancient Airs and Dances for lute by Respighi, an extremely attractive piece written in a refined yet destabilising style.

To end,  a grand classic from the baroque period, Te Deum by Charpentier, from which the Prelude has become so well known as the adopted hymn for the Six Nations’ Rugby Union Championship and the theme music for the Eurovision Song Contest.