Francesco Rovigo (ca. 1541-1597)

Towards the end of the sixteenth century, at the court of the Gonzagas, the young organist Francesco Rovigo was appreciated to the point of being sent by the Duke Wilhelm to study in Venice at Claudio Merulo, the largest master of his time.
After hosting Francesco Rovigo at his court, and despite the insistence of the Gonzagas, the Archduke Charles of Bavaria would not let him return to Mantua and held him granting him a big honorary until his death, in 1590, when he returned to Mantua Rovigo. These events give us the clear idea of the caliber of this musician, for which even Claudio Monteverdi himself expressed words of the highest consideration.
The live recording of this concert brings to light what is left of his music in the archives of the Palatine Basilica of Santa Barbara in Mantua, where Rovigo was appointed kapellmeister and where now he lies buried alongside the great Flemish master Giaches De Wert, his predecessor.


Claudio Merulo (1533-1604)
1. Toccata Undecimo detto Quinto tuono 6:01

Francesco Rovigo (ca. 1541-1597)
2. Canzon I 2:44
Missa Dominicalis à 5 voci
3. Kyrie, Christe, Kyrie 3:08
4. Gloria 7:34
5. Canzon V 3:20
6. Credo 10:19
7. Canzon XVIII à 8 3:19
8. Laudem Te, à 5 voci 2:44
9. Canzon II 2:39
10. Sanctus 4:08
11. [Elevazione] Et incarnatus [intavolatura dalla Missa Apostolorum] 2:02
12. Canzon VI 3:06
13. Agnus Dei 2:27
14. Canzon IV 3:37
15. Canzon III 4:47
16. Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, à 8 voci 4:58
  • Composer: Francesco Rovigo (ca. 1541-1597)
  • Performers: Cappella Musicale di S. Barbara in Mantova
    Umberto Forni, conductor
  • Musicological Text: Licia Mari
  • Historical Period: Humanism and Renaissance
  • Code: TC 541801
  • Edition: February 2016
  • Barcode: 8007194106459
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 16
  • Total duration: 01:07:02
  • Notes: World Premiere Recording · Live recording at Basilica Palatina di
    Santa Barbara in Mantova

    December 4th, 2014 – In festo Sanctæ Barbaræ

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