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|Salomone Rossi, Boston Early Music Ensemble|
Salamone Rossi Hebreo: Baroque Music for the Synagogue and the Royal Court
Genres: Pop, Classical
The scene: the court of Mantua during the fullest flowering of the Renaissance enlightenment. The world has changed and the Dark Ages had passed? for a while. During this all too brief of respite from segregation and perse... more »
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The scene: the court of Mantua during the fullest flowering of the Renaissance enlightenment. The world has changed and the Dark Ages had passed? for a while. During this all too brief of respite from segregation and persecution, the Jews of Mantua experienced a new freedom and in response, a blossoming of art and music flowed from the ghetto. Perhaps the greatest representative of the Jewish participation in the Italian Renaissance is the composer and violinist, Salamone Rossi. Exceptional on many counts (the first Jewish polyphonic music to be published, one of the first composers to write instrumental sonatas, etc.), Rossi eagerly embraced the revolution taking place in the music of his gentile contemporaries, namely Monteverdi and Gastoldi. Here is the definitive collection of this great master?s works, meticulously researched, annotated and presented with the love and care they deserve.
Lovely performances of variety of Rossi works
Arthur Leonard | New York, NY USA | 12/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc is unusual in combining instrumental and vocal music of Salomone Rossi from various different sources, including vocal music in Italian (madrigals, canzonettas) and Hebrew (liturgical music in the best baroque style) and instrumental sonatas and concerti. The performances are lively, the singing well blended with clear enunciation of the texts. Recommended."