Bonaventura Rubino (1600-1668)

Bonaventura Rubino was one of the protagonists of the musical life of Palermo, where he was Kapellmeister in the Cathedral for more than twenty-five years.
In Palermo, Rubino found a stimulating environment, to which he adjusted very easily, soon becoming one of its most admired and appreciated musicians.
Bonaventura Rubino’s Missa de Morti (Requiem Mass) is presented here within the liturgical and musical context that is peculiar to this friar from Bergamo. In the Mass, the polyphonic sections for voices and basso continuo alternate with the liturgical monodies of the ancient Roman rite, in keeping with the melodic and textual codification of St. Pius V’s Missal and the Medicean Gradual.
This seemed necessary to us not so much for abstract philological reasons as because we aim to make it possible for present-day listeners (who are mostly lacking in experience in this area) to enjoy this extraordinary seventeenth-century music within the setting of the complex “event” that originated it and for which it was conceived.
The recording of this Mass was carried out in several points of the church, in order to give the listener the physical sensation of the various spots where the ceremony was taking place and the music was being performed.


1. Salomone Rossi, detto l’Ebreo (1570 ca.-1630) Sinfonia Grave a 5
2. Bonaventura Rubino, Messa de Morti à 5 concertata. Introitus. Requiem aeternam. 1:52
3. Messa de Morti. Te decet hymnus 1:38 - 4. Introitus. Requiem aeternam. 1:52
5. Messa de Morti. Kyrie 1:53 - 6. Deus indulgentiarum (cantus planus) 0:51
7. Epistola: Lectio libri Machabeorum (cantus planus) 1:01
8. Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) Verso 6 e Verso 7 dal Praeambulum Tonus Imus
9. Tractus: Absolve Domine (cantus planus) 1:49
10. Messa de Morti. Sequentia: Dies irae. 5 Voci e Basso continuo 0:30
11. Quantus tremor. A due: Basso e Tenore 0:41
12. Tuba mirum. 5 Voci e Basso continuo 0:30
13. Mors stupebit. A due Canti 0:52 - 14. Liber scriptus. 5 Voci e Basso continuo 0:53
15. Quid sum miser. Tenore solo 0:51
16. Rex tremendæ. Alto solo 0:42 - 17. Recordare. A tre: due Canti e Alto 0:49
18. Quærens me. A tre: Alto, Tenore e Basso 1:24
19. Juste judex. 5 Voci e Basso continuo 0:31
20. Ingemisco. Tenore solo 0:57 - 21. Qui Mariam. 5 Voci e Basso continuo 0:34
22. Preces me. A tre: due Canti e Basso 0:37
23. Inter oves. 5 Voci e Basso continuo 0:56
24. Oro supplex. A tre: Alto, Tenore e Basso 0:47
25. Lacrimosa. 5 Voci e Basso continuo 2:00
26. Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Joannem. 6, 37-40; In illo tempore 1:44
27. Messa de Morti. Offertorium. Domine Jesu Christe 4:53
28. Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667), Ricercare IX 5:40
29. Præfatio sine cantu da Ordo Missæ pro Defunctis (cantus planus) 1:54
30. Messa de Morti. Sanctus 2:13
31. Elevazione: Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) Toccata Ottava di durezze et ligature
32. Pater noster dal Canon Missæ 1:46
33. Messa de Morti. Agnus Dei 2:04
34. Salomone Rossi, Sinfonia IX da Il Primo Libro delle Sinfonie et Gagliarde (1607) 1:54
35. Messa de Morti. Communio. Lux æterna 1:12
36. Messa de Morti. Requiem æternam 0:59
37. Postcommunio. Præsta quæsumus (cantus planus) 0:50
38. Johann Jakob Froberger Ricercare V
39. Messa de Morti. Responsorium. Libera me 6:20
40. Absolut
  • Composer: Bonaventura Rubino (1600-1668)
  • Performers: Cappella Musicale di Santa Maria in Campitelli di Roma
    Studio di Musica Antica «Antonio Il Verso» di Palermo
    Ensemble La Cantoria
    Vincenzo Di Betta, conductor
  • Musicological Text: Nicolò Maccavino
  • Historical Period: Early Baroque
  • Code: TC 601803
  • Edition: March 2015
  • Barcode: 8007194106152
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 42
  • Total duration: 01:15:33
  • Notes: World Premiere Recording
  • Texts: Requiem Mass for 5 voices, 1653

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