Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, who was born in Viadana, not far from Sabbioneta, in about 1560, is nowadays considered to be one of the greatest composers of all times, not “only the inventor of the basso continuo”.
The most recent research and the transcription of da Viadana’s music have enabled us to get an even better idea of the importance of the musician and man, who was not only emblematic of his age, but also an enlightened prophet.
The Missa da Requiem and the Responsori from the Officium pro Defunctis in this recording, composed in 1604, are proof of this: the works are extremely lively and original for the interaction between sound, rhythm and text, as well as the internal relations, and the vertical dimension of the polyphony, interwoven with the horizontal element of Gregorian chant.
Music must move and amaze as well as retiring into prayerThe Officium was performed at the 12th edition of the Lodoviciano Festival in the church of S. Andrea in Gualtieri, where the body of this important Viadanese maestro is buried.


Disco n.1
Viadana, Lodovico
Officium defunctorum, Op. 11
  1 - Invitatorium: Regem cui omnia vivunt (9:35)
  2 - In primo nocturno: Verba mea (7:55)
  3 - In primo nocturno: Domine, ne in furore (6:12)
  4 - In primo nocturno: Domine Deus meus (8:22)
Missa pro defunctis
  5 - Introitus: Requiem (4:15)
  6 - Introitus: Kyrie (2:52)
  7 - Introitus: Dies irae (12:16)
  8 - Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe (5:18)
  9 - Offertorium: Sanctus (1:53)
  10 - Offertorium: Agnus Dei (1:48)
  11 - Communio: Lux Aeterna (2:12)
  12 - Absolutio Super Tumulum Responsorium: Libera Me, Domine (7:03)
  • Performers: Vocale Consortium:Tiziano Cogliati, Cristiano Fumagalli, Giuseppe Fusari, Manuel Scalmati – Cappella Musicale di Viadana: Soprano Paola Manfredini, Alto Alessandra Vavasori, Tenore Luigi Pagliarini, Franco Arata, Basso Davide Benetti, Cornetto Andrea Inghisciano, Trombone tenore Roberta Pregliasco, Trombone tenore Cristiano Boschesi, Violino Maurizio Cadossi, Jacopo Columbro, Violone Nicola Barbieri, Organo e Spinetta Marco Vincenzi, Organo Federico Lorenzani.
  • Historical Period: Humanism and Renaissance
  • Code: TC 562201
  • Edition: APRIL 2008
  • Barcode: 8007194104110
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 12
  • Total duration: 01:09:35

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