The Cardinal King: Music for Henry Benedict Stuart in Rome, 1740-91

The music recorded on this album presents for the first time the hitherto forgotten repertoire composed by the many musicians associated with, and employed by, Cardinal Henry Benedict Stuart (1725–1807), a grandson of King James II of England and VII of Scotland, the brother of ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’, and the last in the direct line of Jacobite succession. Sitting on the cusp of the Baroque and the Classical, these pieces likewise tread a delicate path between innocence and grandeur, between charm and formality, and suggest that the Cardinal, for all his power, may have been a rather gentle man.

Cappella Fede
Harmonia Sacra (Tracks 10, 17)
Peter Leech, director


Catalogue No: TOCC0300
EAN/UPC: 5060113443007
Release Date: 01.12.2016
Composer: Carlo Tessarini, Giovanni Battista Costanzi, Giovanni Zamboni, Niccolò Jommelli, Sebastiano Bolis
Artists: Cappella Fede, Harmonia Sacra, Peter Leech

Listen To This Recording:

    SEBASTIANO BOLIS (c. 1750–1804)
    Cinque Assoluzzione: Nos. 1, 2 and 5

  1. Assoluzzione Prima: ‘Subvenite sancti’ (c. 1780)
  2. Assoluzzione Seconda: ‘Qui Lazzarum resuscitasti’ (c. 1780)
  3. Assoluzzione Quinta: ‘Libera me Domine’ (c. 1780)
  4. Jesu quaeritis Nazarenum (1789)
  5. GIOVANNI ZAMBONI (fl. c. 1740–60)

  6. Splende fredda luna (c. 1755)*
  7. O memorie funeste (c. 1755)*

  9. Ave Maria (c. 1750)

  11. O come se’ gentile (c. 1755)*
  12. BOLIS

  13. Laudate pueri Dominum (1791)
  14. Miserere (1790)
  15. CARLO TESSARINI (1690–1766)
    Allettamento Terzo (1740)

  16. I Adagio
  17. II Allegro
  18. III Allegro
  19. NICCOLÒ JOMMELLI (1714–74)

  20. Oculi omnium (c. 1750)

  22. Allettamento Secondo: II Andante (1740)*

  24. Feritevi, ferite (c. 1755)*
  25. BOLIS

  26. Letanie della Madonna Santissima (1785)

All Except * First Recordings

1 review for The Cardinal King: Music for Henry Benedict Stuart in Rome, 1740-91

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    “What a great CD, with the bonus of a fascinating back-story! … The CD opens with the mournful music of Sebastiano Bolus’s Subvenite sancti, one of the five Assoluzzione, written for the funeral of Bishops around 1780. Bolus is the main composer featured on this recording. … Two of most substantial works are included: the alternatim setting of the Miserere and the Letanie della Madonna Santissima is the concluding track. … It is a glorious example of the Roman Classical style, with elaborately ornamented sections for a solo soprano (Elizabeth Dobbin) alternating with choral passages, the whole while cleverly incorporating the much repeated refrain of Ora pro nobis into the musical texture. … The four solo singers and four instrumentalists of Cappella Fede produce fine sounds individually and in consort. Violinist Hazel Brooks, features as the impressive soloist in Tessarini’s Allettamento Secondo (Andante) and his three movement Allettamento Terzo, written for violin and cello. In the other works, organist Matin Knizia provides continuo accompaniment, with some solo passage work in the lively Laudate pueri Dominum by Bolis. The 14-strong Harmonia Sacra choir are equally impressive in their contributions. … This is an important contribution to musical research, but also a delightful insight into the attractive music that graced the Roman court of a man who could have been a King, were it not for the complexities of religion.” –, December 2016

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