Performers: Ensemble Les Nations [Cristina Calzolari (soprano); Michel van Goethem (alto); Fabio Funari (tenore); Matteo Zenatti (tenore); Andrea Favari (basso); Walter Testolin (basso); Maria Luisa Baldassari (organo e direzione); Marina Scaioli (clavicembalo e direzione)], Ensemble Speculum Musicae [Cristiano Bortolin, Gianclaudio Martin (tenori I); Michele Da Ros, Stefano Palese (tenori II); Alessandro Pitteri, Diego Ugo (baritoni); Giuseppe Accolla, Paolo Bassi (bassi), Marina Malavasi (direzione)].
Playing time: 56:03
Recording date: April 2002
This is the first recording devoted to the music of Costanzo Porta (1529-1601), one of the last great Italian composers in the Renaissance style. He was born in Cremona and subsequently studied under Willaert, and in his later years was influenced by the polychoral style of the Venetian school. The Missa quattuor vocem is attributed to Porta by Siro Cisilino and others, though the attribution is not certain. It is a parody mass most likely based on a secular model, but as yet this model remains unidentified.
Recordings devoted to more of Porta's sacred music, including by the present ensemble:
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