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Track(s) taken from CDA67225

Jesu, dulcis memoria

1637; Concerti spirituali concertanti, Venice
author of text

Robin Blaze (countertenor), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Recording details: June 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: March 2001
Total duration: 5 minutes 34 seconds


'An excellent release … Robin Blaze’s clear, pure countertenor is the ideal voice for these pieces, and he sings them with impressive authority. Pick of the month' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The intrinsic qualities of this little-explored repertoire and Blaze’s musicianship mark this as an important release' (American Record Guide)

'Blaze is at his most impassioned and convincing … this disc will add to our understanding and love of this treasure house' (International Record Review)

'It is a rare thing to reach the end of a long program like this wanting more, yet that’s exactly what happened to me in this instance. All readers are urged to investigate a remarkable disc that is assured of being an exceptionally strong contender for the Want List' (Fanfare, USA)

'Robin Blaze has justifiably moved quickly into the elite of counter-tenors. Not only is he convincing vocally but his interpretative instincts are sound' (Cathedral Music)

'I would recommend this disc to anyone with a love for baroque vocal music' (MusicWeb International)

'An appealing concert of Venetian sacred music … as always with Hyperion, gorgeous sound' (Early Music)
We know virtually nothing about Francesco Maria Marini except that he was working in San Marino in 1637, though the style of his music suggests that he had Venetian connections. His fine setting of the hymn Jesu dulcis memoria is unusual in that it is through-composed, which allows him to represent the contrasted emotions of each verse vividly in the music.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2001

Nous ignorons pratiquement tout de Francesco Maria Marini hormis le fait qu’il travaillait à San Marino en 1637, alors même que le style de sa musique laisse à penser qu’il était en rapport avec Venise. Tout en subtilité, sa partition de l’hymne Jesu dulcis memoria est inhabituelle puisqu’en le mettant intégralement en musique, il a pu dépeindre les émotions contrastées de chaque verset d’une manière étonnamment vivante.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Holman © 2001
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Wir wissen so gut wie nichts über Francesco Maria Marini, außer daß er 1637 in San Marino gearbeitet hat, doch der Stil seiner Musik deutet darauf hin, daß er Verbindungen nach Venedig unterhielt. Seine gelungene Vertonung der Hymne Jesu dulcis memoria ist insofern ungewöhnlich, als sie durchkomponiert ist, so daß Marini die unterschiedliche Gefühlslage einer jeden Strophe in der Musik anschaulich wiedergeben kann.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Holman © 2001
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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