Porta: Madrigali, Motetti et Missa

Porta: Madrigali, Motetti et Missa quattuor vocum
Ensemble Les Nations / Ensemble Speculum Musicae
Tactus 524101

Contents:

  1. Armato un gran pastore
  2. Ero cosi dicea
  3. Fammi sentir - Aguaglia la speranza
  4. Non mi duol il morte

  5. Missa quattuor vocum
  6. Kyrie
  7. Gloria
  8. Credo
  9. Sanctus
  10. Angus Dei
  11. Pater Peccavi a 4 voci
  12. Praeparate corda vestra a 4 voci
  13. Ornaverunt faciem templi a 8 voci
  14. Laudate pueri a 8 voci
  15. Magnificat a 8 voci

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.

Another recording devoted to Porta:

Porta: Requiem a cinque voci
Ensemble Vocale Speculum Musicae - Marina Malavasi
Bongiovanni 5615

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Christopher Schifani