Musical reconstruction of the Easter celebrations organized by the Confraternity of S. Giacomo degli Spagnoli in Rome
The confraternity of the Resurrection of S. Giacomo degli Spagnoli – the Castilian National church in Rome – was responsible, from 1579 onwards, for organizing the Easter celebrations in the Piazza Navona, one of the most spectacular public festivities during the time of Spanish supremacy in Italy. For the solemn procession, the square would be decked out with ephemeral constructions and allegorical scenes, accompanied by lights, fireworks and music provided by the finest singers in the city. As a member of the confraternity, Tomás Luis de Victoria was associated with the procession before his return to Spain in 1585. This programme – which appears on one of the most gralanded recordings of La Grande Chappelle– offers an evocation of the music that might have been heard in the church and around the square, with a wide selection of pieces in many genres and by different composers.
Ruggiero Giovannelli, Jacobus de Kerle, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco de Soto, Francisco Guerrero, Fernando de las Infantas and Rocco Rodio.
Ensemble (concert version)
12 vocal soloists, violin, 2 cornetts, 3 trombones, dulcian, violone, 2 lutes, organ, director (24 MUSICIANS)