The emotional content, lyricism and direct appeal of Gavin Bryars’s music are unique, reflecting a contemporary composer’s absorption and transformation of several centuries of musical craftsmanship in order to reflect his, and our, own epoch. Originally written for harpsichord, After Handel’s Vesper is a strong illustration of Bryars’s post-minimal interests in early music repertoire. Ramble on Cortona, derived from 13th-century music, makes expressive use of the piano’s resonant qualities, while in the highly-coloured, almost impressionistic The Solway Canal, landscapes pass by as if in a dream.
This collection of music for Vespers by J S Bach’s youngest son includes Domine ad adjuvandum, Confitbor tibi Domine, Beatus vir, Laudate pueri Dominum and his setting of the Magnificat. Domine ad adjuvandum is a world premiere recording.
Heinrich Schütz was a German composer and organist, generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach and often considered to be one of the most important composers of the 17th century along with Claudio Monteverdi…
During the first third of the eighteenth century Antonio Lotti (1667-1740) doubtless numbered among the most important Italian composers, but today general knowledge of his music hardly corresponds to its true significance. Lotti was born to a musician in Venice on 5 January 1667 and began receiving instruction from Lodovico Fuga (1643-1722) and Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-90) in 1682. Both Fuga and Legrenzi were employed at the Basilica of St. Mark (San Marco), Venice's principal church, and Lotti's career also continued to be closely connected with this church: on 30 May 1689 he was initially employed there as an alto chorister, but soon he was also assisting on the organ, and already on 30 May 1692 he was appointed second organist. On 17 August 1704 he assumed the post of first organist and continued to serve in this capacity for more than thirty years.