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Giacomo Carissimi: Oratorios - Catherine Webster (soprano); Colin Balzer (tenor); Josée Lalonde (alto); Lawrence Wiliford (tenor); Les Voix Baroques;...
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  1. Jonas, oratorio for soloists, double chorus, 2 violins & continuo
  2. Jephte, oratorio for 6 voices & continuo
  3. Ezechia, oratorio for 5 voices, 2 violins & continuo
  4. Job, oratorio for 3 voices & continuo (doubtful)
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The oratorios of the 17th century Italian composer Giacomo Carissimi, though distant ancestors of the familiar works of Haydn and Mozart, are quite different in scope and effect. They were church works, for one thing; the Latin oratorios recorded here were composed for Lenten celebrations in a Roman church, for literate worshippers who would have known the texts well and would have been attuned to what the composer was doing with them. Perhaps a good place for the modern listener to start is with the opening Jonas, which ...

Giacomo Carissimi: Oratorios 2010, ATMA Classique

UPC: 722056262224