TC.571290 – GIOVANNI LEONETTI – Il 1° Libro de Madrigali a 5 v. (Venezia, 1617)-CD I-MISSARUM octonibus vocibus (Venezia, 1617)-CD II- NUOVA MUSICA di Crema – Coro “C. MONTEVERDI” di Crema

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Leonetti Giovanni
Il primo Libro de Madrigali a 5 voci, Venezia, 1617 - Missarum octonis vocibus liber primus, Venezia, 1617

The Primo Libro de’ Madrigali a Cinque voci and the Missarum octonis vocibus liber primus, both composed by Giovan Battista Leonetti (Crema, 1575-1630), were printed in Venice by the publisher G. Vincenti in 1617. The first collection is dedicated to Federico Cavalli who, as podesta in Crema from 1614 to 1616, would have had been closely connected to Francesco Cavalli. The second was instead dedicated to Tommaso Rossi, Augustinian monk at the Osservanza Eremitana in Lombardy, and it was at Rossi’s monastery of S. Agostino in Crema that Leonetti was then employed as organist. Given its particular geographic location at the extreme edge of the Venetian Republic but in Lombard territory, Crema maintained close ties with its neighboring cities, ties strengthened by interfamily relationships, mobility among the noble and religious classes, and commercial exchanges involving Venice, Genoa and Flanders. The process of "aristocratization" and the conferral in 1580 of Diocese status on this city of 8000 inhabitants favored, on the one hand, the promotion of traditional local patronage, though this would later decline partly because of the establishment of the academies (in 1614 the Accademia dei Sospinti was founded). On the other hand, these developments led to a redefining of the traditional relationships among the religious centers active within the city. Crema’s new openness enriched and broadened its musical awareness, and the works of Leonetti give witness to this development. His collections provide a sort of ideal panorama of the musical auctoritates of the time, citing or emulating Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo Principe di Venosa, Giovanni Gabrieli, Pierluigi da Palestrina, and, in the background, Luca Marenzio, Claudio Merulo and Andrea Gabrieli, among others.

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Cod.: TC.571290 (2CD)
Composer: Leonetti Giovanni
Performers: NUOVAMUSICA di CREMA - soprano I: Paola Manfredini, soprano II: Elena Calzari e Katya lora, alto: Roberto Quintarelli, tenore I: Emilio Barichello, tenore II: Andrea Canidio, basso I: Federico Scoponi, basso II: Fortunato Marzagalli; violone: Giorgio Sanvito, cembalo: Pietro Pasquini - CORO MONTEVERDI. Primo coro: soprani: Elena Calzari, Katya Iora, Marcella Moroni, Giulia Spoldi; contralti: Lucia Agosti, Elisa Agosti, Itziar Albisu, Giovanna Carpani, Alessandro Di Giusto; tenori: Emilio Barichello, Andrea Canidio, Igor Denti, Danilo Dolci; bassi: Gianluigi Arpini, Alberto Dossena, Marcello Palmieri, Giampietro Spoldi; violino: Giulia Panzeri; viola da brazzo: Roberta Centurioni; viola da gamba: Patricio Sances Tasisto; violone: Andrea De Carlo; organo: Roberto Chiozza - Secondo coro: soprani: Laura Bossi, Mara Fontanella, Manuela Monfredini, Laura Quintarelli; contralti: Letizia Bandirali, Anna Maria Bariani, Ester Bertozzi, Roberto Quintarelli; tenori: Peter De Laure
Edition: 2000