About the composer
Giacomo Sellitto (Naples , July 28, 1701 – Naples , November 20, 1763) was a Italian composer, of both sacred music and music for the theatre, and singing teacher. Naples was one of the main musical centres of Italy and even of Europe in the first half of the 18th century. The music of so many Neapolitan composers of the 18th century is not yet explored. That means also that we know so little about composers like Sellitto. He was a minor brother of composer Giuseppe Sellitto. Giacomo has definitely served as a chaplain master at the College of Nobles( maestro di cappella) in Naples. He wrote among others 72 harpsichord escapes (fuga’s) , a Stabat Mater, the opera La Gineviefa and the tragedy for martyr Santa Perpetua.
About the Stabat Mater
Four solo voices, violin, violet and bass (low continuo)
This Stabat Mater shows the strong influence of Pergolesi's setting, both in its style, well designed structure and its vocal and instrumental vocabulary. Pergolesi, Sellitto and others represented an clear break with the austerity and the sobriety of the liturgical music in previous centuries. The work is divided into 14 movements, many of them in the form of an aria for solo voice. Some arias and duets have a lyricism full of Neapolitan operatic pathos. The first half of the opening section for example is dominated by a descending figure which includes chromaticism. In the closing line the words "dum pendebat" are split into single syllables, sung staccato and separated by short figures in the strings. In the fifth section the opening word "quis" is repeated a couple of times, each time followed by an eloquent pause. The composition has 14 movements; the last movement is the Amen.
Information about the recording
|CD:||2016, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88875159722|
Three works of relatively unknown composers who were working in Naples around 1750. Recorded October 2014 at a Catholic Church: St. Pantheon, Solothurn, Switzerland.
|Orchestra:||Abchordis Ensemble: Katia Viel, Lathika Vithanage (violin), Giulia Capuzzo (viola), Nicola Paoli (cello), Giovanni Battista Graziadio (bassoon), Teodoro Baù (violone), Francesco Tomasi (archlute), Andrea Buccarella (harpsichord), Deniel Perer (organ).|
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