Catalogue No: TOCC0429EAN/UPC: 5060113444295Release Date: 03.11.2023Composer: Giovanni Battista Casali Artists: Costanzi Consort,
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The history of music-making in Rome tends to focus on Renaissance polyphony, with an occasional nod to the Baroque thereafter. But thanks to composers like Giovanni Battista Casali (1715–92), choral music continued to flourish in Roman churches and other religious establishments in the eighteenth century, too, until Napoleon’s occupation broke many of its traditions. Casali’s music, though, is as good as unknown, and this pioneering recording reveals a composer at home in the galant style – with a surprising fondness for the occasional dissonance.
Peter Leech, director
All Except * First Recordings
University of Virginia :
‘One of the characteristics of Casali is his clarity. The text is sung in four-part harmony. There’s a lot of homophonic singing, with clear enunciation of the text.
The internal lines are easy to make out. In fact, most of these selections have a clean, transparent ensemble blend. Counterpoint is present, but the interwoven melodies sound clear and easy to follow.
Casali was also an opera composer. To me, his sacred choral music bears a strong resemblance to opera choruses of the day. And that’s not a bad thing.
The Constanzi Consort is directed by Peter Leach. The soloists are very good and sing in a straightforward manner. A welcome addition to our collective knowledge of the Classical Era.’
—University of Virginia
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