GIOVANNI KAPSBERGER (1580-1651): I Pastori di Bettelemme, Sinfonia prima à 4, Toccata seconda, Hodie Christus natus est, Piva, Laudate Dominum, Corrente quinta, Figlio dormi, GIOVANNI BALDANO (1576-1660): Paso e mezo, Gagliarda, La Bergamasca, Fantasia pastorale.

Catalogue Number: 12M016

Label: Accent

Reference: ACC 24231

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: A 40-minute "sacred dialogue madrigal", forerunner to the genre of the oratorio, from 1630, tells the Christmas story in Kapsberger's newly-developing, up-to-date recitative style with homophonic choruses and vernacular texts. Interspersed are several sacred vocal pieces and short instrumental works from both composers listed above. Italian-English texts. Constanze Backes, Chiyuki Okamura, Clementine Jesdinsky (sopranos), Franz Vitzthum (countertenor), Christian Dietz (tenor), Markus Flaig (bass), Echo du Danube.

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