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Vespers at San Vitale

Ecce Maria
Ghirlanda di Mottetti sacri e Cantate

Ensemble Dolci Accenti
Michele Fracasso tenor
Daniele Cernuto viol and vocals
Calogero Sportato theorbo

Giovanni Arigoni (1597-1675)
Bone Jesu

Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630)
O Intemerata

Francesco Severi (1595-1630)
Ecce Maria

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Salve regina

Giovanni Priuli (1575-1626)
Ave Dulcissima Maria

Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679)
Stabat mater

Claudio Monteverdi
Sancta Maria succurre miseris

The Marian name ‘Our Lady of Constantinople’ given to a sacred building generally refers to the arrival in the West of venerated images of the Blessed Virgin that were brought by monks who were fleeing from Byzantium. The Baroque 1600s contain a wealth of iconographies and music centred on the figure of the Blessed Virgin. This concert unfolds along that idea, involving authors of the Baroque period who were particularly linked to Venice, a crossroads of cultures as well as an inextricable artistic junction between East, West and the figure of Mary.
It is a meditation centred on the Blessed Virgin, both as woman and mother. A woman adored by mankind, intemerata and sancta, suavis and beatissima. A mother who suffered and accepted the sharp thorns life had in store for her, a woman whose womb carried the Redeemer. “Nel suo ritorno glorioso rimani, o Madre, al mio fianco, salvami dall’eterno abbandono”. [On his glorious return, o Mother, stay by my side and save me from eternal abandonment.]

Full programme “Vespers at San Vitale”