Venice 1629: The Gonzaga Band - Resonus Classics - RES10218

Venice 1629

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The Gonzaga Band
Faye Newton (soprano)
Jamie Savan (director & cornetts)
Helen Roberts (cornett)
Oliver Webber (violin)
Theresa Caudle (violin & cornett)

Steven Devine (organ & harpsichord)

1629 was a remarkable year for new music in Venice. Heinrich Schütz came to the city to learn of the new Italian style from Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries, publishing his seminal first volume of Symphoniae Sacrae during his visit.

Further innovative collections from Dario Castello, Alessandro Grandi and Biagio Marini contributed to this pivotal moment in the development of the early Baroque style. Acclaimed period ensemble The Gonzaga Band, with director Jamie Savan, makes its Resonus debut with a fascinating programme that encapsulates an extraordinary year in the life of this most musical of cities.

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Dario Castello (fl. 1st half 17th century)
1. Sonata terza [b]

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
2. Exulta, filia Sion [a]

Biagio Marini (1594–1663)
3. Canzon prima, per quattro violini, ò cornetti [e]

Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672)
4. Paratum cor meum [g]

Biagio Marini
5. Sonata per l’organo, violino, ò cornetto [e]

Alessandro Grandi (1586–1630)
6. Regina caeli [d]

Martino Pesenti (c.1600–c.1648)
7. Corrente detta La Granda [f]*

Orazio Tarditi (1602–1677)
8. Plaudite, cantate [h]*

Biagio Marini
9. Capriccio, che due violini, sonano quattro parti [e]

Giovanni Carrone (fl. 1629)
10. Congratulamini mihi [c]*

Ignazio Donati (c.1570–1638)
11. Maria Virgo [a]*

Alessandro Grandi
12. Salva me, salutaris Hostia [a]*

Benedetto Rè (fl. 1607–1629)
13. Lilia convallium [a]*

Martino Pesenti
14. Corrente detta La Priula [f]*

Biagio Marini
15. Sonata senza cadenza [e]

Heinrich Schütz
16. Exultavit cor meum [g]

Dario Castello
17. Sonata decima settima, in ecco [b]

* world premiere recording

'[...] a fine recording that adds as much to our historical knowledge as it does to our musical enjoyment.'

- Early Music America

'This is a splendid CD [...] spontaneous, musical and is a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end.'
Early Music Review (5 stars)

'The individual efforts of the players of cornett and violin are outstanding, but the ensemble is also first class. I also would like to compliment the members of The Gonzaga Band on their choice of music and the way they have put together the programme.'
MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month)

'[...] this CD brings a very beautiful sonorous atmosphere of the Serenissima Republica from that time. Sublime.'
Stretto (Belgium)

'[...] a fine recording that adds as much to our historical knowledge as it does to our musical enjoyment.'
Early Music America

'From the vibrant energy in Marini’s Capriccio for two violins to the attractive cornetto dialog in Castello’s Echo Sonata, the Gonzaga Band plays with variety and flair.'
American Record Guide

'[...] the range of instruments and voice creates great variety and a freshness of approach. Soprano Faye Newton is particularly appealing, and her ornamentation of the musical line is very pleasing.'
Lark Reviews

'This is an outstanding recording of a glorious repertoire, with superb performances'
Andrew Benson-Wilson (

© 2018 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2018 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10216
Producer, engineer & editor: Adrian Hunter
Executive producer: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262791233
Release date: 29 June 2018
Cover design: David Hughes (