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Veneziano: 'Passio'

Magazine article Gramophone

Veneziano: 'Passio'

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Veneziano 'Passio' La Passione secondo Giovanni Raffaele Pe counterten Evangelist Luca Cervoni ten Christus Marco Bussi bass Pilatus Ghislieri Choir; Cappella Neapolitana / Antonio Florio Glossa (F) GCD922609 (56' * DDD * T/t)

Favourite pupil of Francesco Provenzale and the most prominent Neapolitan composer before the arrival of Scarlatti, Gaetano Veneziano lived and worked in the city for most of his life. His music is now little performed, so it is a true ear-opener to be presented with his Passio del Venerdi Santo, composed about 1685, which sets the version of the story as recounted in the Gospel of St John. In purely structural terms the parallels with Scarlatti's Passione secondo Giovanni of about the same date are close, but after that the similarities end.

The most striking stylistic feature of Veneziano's work is its remarkable modernity, which combines old and new in a manner that was to prove highly influential for Neapolitan composers of the next generation. For this ambitious recording the indefatigable Antonio Florio has worked up a sensitive realisation, which surely deserves to be published, from the single surviving source. …

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