Veneziano: Passio

Cappella Neapolitana, Antonio Florio
Glossa GCD922609

This is rather good – both work and performance. Stylistically think A. Scarlatti but with a bit more dynamism. The bulk of the narrative is carried by the falsettist Evangelist (original part in C1) extremely well after the very first consonant (which delays the focussing of both the succeeding vowel and its pitch). The other soloists have much less to do but the standard does not drop and the chorus are also on the ball for their brief interjections. In the booklet the essay (Eng/Fr/Ger/It) is informative bar one embarrassing mis-translation (p7, line 8 ‘sixteenth’ should be seventeenth), though the Latin libretto is translated into English only. Strongly recommended, especially for seasonal listening.

David Hansell