2 Dixit Dominus [Psalm 109]
3 Confitebor tibi Domine [Psalm 110]
4 Beatus vir [Psalm 111]
5 Laudate Dominum omnes gentes [Psalm 116]
6 Nisi Dominus [Psalm 126]
7Magnificat anima mea Dominum [Canticle of tRhe Blessed Virgin, Luke 1:46-55]
Psalmi ad Vesperas (1694)
Experience the splendor of late 17th-century sacred music in northern Italy. Giovanni Paolo Colonna's monumental Vespers were composed in 1694 for a grand festival at the Basilica of St. Petronio in Bologna. This dramatic piece was hidden away for centuries in the archives of Westminster Abbey and the Central Library of Zürich, and has only recently come to light. The Houston Chamber Choir's performance of the work in the fall of 2011 was the first in modern times.
Houston Chamber Choir gratefully acknowledges the Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music, Alexander Silbiger, General Editor, for the modern edition of Colonna's Psalmi ad Vesperas, edited by Pyrros Bamichas. www.sscm-wlscm.org
The Latin texts are taken from the Liber usualis (edited by the Benedictines of Solesmes, Tournai, 1953); translations are taken from the Saint Andrew Daily Missal (edited by Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, O.S.B., of the Abbey of St.-André, Bruges, 1954). Both are provided in the modern edition by Pyrros Bamichas.
"The choral singing of the Houston Chamber Choir is right on pitch, with a full and expansive sound, adding considerable depth to the music…This is one recording that Baroque music lovers will need to have in their collection."
– Bertil van Boer, FANFARE
"All hail to this CD, then, for bringing Colonna back to our minds and ears with these fine renditions of psalm and canticle settings from the composer's final Vespers collection of 1694."
– James A. Altena, FANFARE
"This music has all the florid splendor of the high Baroque in Northern Italy, and what a delight it is the hear it! I daresay that Colonna's music will now become a staple in modern concert-audience ears and Simpson's ensemble brings it to live impeccably. The solo singing, the chorus singing, and the stylistic instrumental playing are all superb. It is like taking a trip to Italy to bathe in the sound."
– Jonathan E. Dimmock, The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians