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17th-Century Venice with Musica Fiata and Instrumenta Musica

Music of Venetian composers from the Early Baroque.

canal and boats

Photo: MorBCN

One of Venice's many canals.

Instrumenta Musica

The church music of 17th-century Venice is rich in spirit, majesty, and devotion. These three characteristics I would also use to describe a new recording by ensemble Instrumenta Musica on the Ramee label. Their program brings together composers who were well-known Venetian contemporaries of Claudio Monterverdi—all excellent composers in their own right. Led by trombonist Ercole Nisini, Instrumenta Musica produces beautiful sonorities which easily transport the listener back to another time and place.

Musica Fiata

Musica Fiata’s 1991 Harmonia Mundi recording of Venetian music at the Habsburg court reminds me that such repertoire was in high-demand outside of Venice. Nearly twenty years after it was produced, the recording still sounds fresh and is filled with terrific performances. No doubt due to the ensemble’s director and cornettist, Roland Wilson.

Music Heard On This Episode

Carlo Filago: “Ego sum qui sum”
Instrumenta Musica/Ercole Nisini — “O vos amici mei carissimi”: Venetian Masters from the Time of Monteverdi (Ramee, 2008)
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Carlo Filago: “Ego sum qui sum”
Instrumenta Musica/Ercole Nisini — “O vos amici mei carissimi”: Venetian Masters from the Time of Monteverdi (Ramee, 2008)
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Biagio Marini: La Foscarina
Instrumenta Musica/Ercole Nisini — “O vos amici mei carissimi”: Venetian Masters from the Time of Monteverdi (Ramee, 2008)
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Giovanni Battista Buonamente: Sonata a 6
Musica Fiata/Roland Wilson — 17th-Century Music at the Habsburg Court (Harmonia Mundi , 1991)
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Antonio Bertali: Sonata a 3
Musica Fiata/Roland Wilson — 17th-Century Music at the Habsburg Court (Harmonia Mundi , 1991)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erhardum-Borussum/1796855633 Erhardum Borussum

    Thank you very much for your beautiful podcast and comments!!
    Greetings,

    Ercole Nisini (Instrumenta Musica)

  • Bodie

    The end of the podcast said there would be information on how to order the recordings. I cannot find this information.

  • http://indianapublicmedia.org Indiana Public Media

    The two recordings are listed in the post above (see the “Music on this Episode” section), but they're both also available on Amazon:

    “O vos amici mei carissimi”: Venetian Masters from the Time of Monteverdi

    and

    17th-Century Music at the Habsburg Court

  • Bodie

    Thank you. Just ordered them both.

  • Bodie

    Thank you. Just ordered them both.

  • http://molinostuckyhilton.com/ Venice hotels

    Really great post. This drawing is very beautiful :)

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