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Rigatti: 1640 Venetian Mass
Massimiliano Neri, Gregorian Chant, Giovanni Antonio Rigatti
Rigatti: 1640 Venetian Mass
Genre: Classical
 
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Monteverdi so dominates the picture of early 17th-century Venetian music that it's easy to forget he had talented students and colleagues. Rigatti, one of the most promising, might have succeeded Monteverdi at San Marco ha...  more »

     
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Monteverdi so dominates the picture of early 17th-century Venetian music that it's easy to forget he had talented students and colleagues. Rigatti, one of the most promising, might have succeeded Monteverdi at San Marco had he lived beyond age 34. This recording reconstructs a Mass for the Feast of the Purification (a.k.a. Groundhog Day) around Rigatti's Messa à 8; also included are contemporary motets and sonatas (including one each by Monteverdi and Gesualdo). Rigatti's Mass has some attractive moments, though his melodic inspiration occasionally flags; the motets and sonatas are lovely, as is all the instrumental playing (especially by violinist Marc Destrubé). The choir sounds a bit large for this repertory, and its singing may a lack certain polish, but it's never less than competent. Matthew Westphal
 

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Magnificent Example of High Baroque Splendor!
N. Fronczak | Warren, MI | 09/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It certainly pays to keep listening to the radio these days even with all the "online" availability, because this is how I discovered this composer and this particular recording.
I just happened to tune into the CBC one Sunday morning and heard a chorus of most profound polyphony. So I tried to guess as to who the composer might be: Gabrieli possibly? Not quite. This had more instrumental sections than maybe usually found in something by him.
And then at the end the announcer named Rigatti: a Baroque composer that I never heard of before. I was immediately intrigued and impressed so I decided to purchase the CD. Unfortunately, I didn't write the name down nor remember it exactly. I searched here on Amazon under variant spellings and eventually found what I was looking for. Well worth the quest!
Not only is this CD interesting for presenting what a mid-17th Century Venetian Mass would probably consist of and sound like but the performance itself is completely flawless!
I have never ever heard the Vancouver Cantata Singers perform before nor the original wind instrument group "The Whole Noyse" although I am quite familiar with the impeccable playing of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
In summation, don't pass this one up before it goes "out of print". Especially if you have as much interest and admiration for the "high" Baroque as I do."