Francesco Durante (1684-1755)
Vespro breve a quattro voci, due violini e b.c. - Miserere a cinque voci e b.c.
This recording of sacred vocal compositions for soloists, chorus and instruments by Francesco Durante (1684-1755) offers a valuable opportunity to hear music that is both rare and stylistically unique. Moreover, it provides an in-depth glance into one of the most complex and fascinating periods in Italian musical history: the baroque. This aesthetic and historical category, one of the most difficult to delimit, is characterized both by the radical metamorphoses of style, form and language, and by the establishment of laws governing musical construction. These two factors, derived one from the other, are uncontaminated by other elements beyond those of the object in question, i.e., the musical image to be created.