Gabrieli’s Canzoni are the pinnacle of early Baroque choral style and in the 20th century American composers Samuel Barber and Morten Lauridsen looked back at these early choral styles for inspiration in their own music. While Barber and Gabrieli’s music was always meant for brass instruments, Lauridsen’s choral masterpiece has lost none of its uplifting power in this spectacular and unusual brass arrangement.
Commissioned to provide music for each ‘last word’ of Jesus for an unusual Easter tradition, this is Haydn at his most daring – and most dramatic. “Each movement,” he declared, will move listeners, “to the very depths of [their] soul.”
BARBER Mutations from Bach
GABRIELI Canzon per Sonar Primi Toni No.1
LAURIDSEN O Magnum Mysterium
GABRIELI Canzon per Sonar in Echo Duodecimi Toni
HAYDN Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross