Cavalli: Missa 1660 (grande Messe Vénitienne Pour

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Catalog: CVS006
Format: CD

Magouët, Anne; Eichelberger, Freddy; Delaigue, Renaud; Bündgen, Paulin; Sauron, Laurent; Bouchot, Vincent; Chénier, Benjamin; Galilei Consort

Mazarin managed to sign the Treaty of Paris which validates the future Peace of the Pyrenees, and therefore the marriage of Louis XIV with the Infanta of Spain in 1660. In the context of these celebrations, the French ambassador in Venice, commissions a mass from Cavalli the greatest composer of his time. He thus composed this sumptuous Missa performed in January 1660 in the Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo and brought together the best voices and most famous musicians around viols, violins, cornets and trumpets in a spatialization in the Venetian custom. In this recording, Benjamin Chénier takes on this chef d’oeuvre which celebrates France and Louis XIV with brilliant soloists and a strategy of spatialization in the Royal Chapel which recreates the splendid sound of 1660.

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