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Christ sinking under the weight of the cross by Paolo Caliari Veronese (1528-1588)
Lauros-Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55354
Recording details: February 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1996
Total duration: 16 minutes 49 seconds

'Congratulations to Hyperion on imaginative programming of repertoire, some not otherwise available on disc. Highly recommended … for repeated enjoyable listening' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The recording is exemplary. If you want an introduction to vocal writing in compact forms in early 18th-century Italy, this is ideal' (American Record Guide)

'Una de las mejores elecciones de musica barroca que haya escuchado este año. Por supuesto que lo recomiendo vivamente' (CD Compact, Spain)

Salve regina
composer
1744
author of text
Antiphon to the Virgin Mary from Trinity until Advent

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Amongst a huge compositional output there are at least thirteen settings of the Salve regina attributed to Hasse. The most famous of these is in A major and was published in London in 1740, but this is a later, unpublished version dated 1744. Its style is distinctly operatic, mixing an attractive simplicity of melody with florid instrumental and vocal lines which are always eminently suited to the voice. Gesture too is often to the fore, and the score is liberally sprinkled with changes of dynamics, often pianos interspersed with sudden fortes. The first movement is elegantly melodic, with expressive, melismatic vocal phrases set over an attractive orchestral accompaniment which is reminiscent of Pergolesi. Equally effective is ‘Ad te clamamus’ where detailed string figurations are overseen by a glorious vocal line. The more forthright Allegro setting of ‘Eia ergo advocata’ tests the soloist’s virtuosity with rapid runs. The final movement, ‘Et Jesum, benedictum’, returns to the cantabile vocal style and demonstrates why the diarist Burney described Hasse as ‘the most natural, elegant, and judicious composer of vocal music’.

from notes by Robert King © 1996

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