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The Monteverdi Project Christmas Concert

The Monteverdi Project was created by Kenneth Zammit Tabona in March 2017. Since then Maestro Mencoboni, who is considered to be one of the leading specialists of Baroque and Renaissance music, together with Maltese Soprano Gillian Zammit, have been training a consort of local singers in ensemble work and Baroque vocal and musical techniques.

The pieces that will be performed in this concert include a selection of the Missa Brevis by Pierluigi da Palestrina published in 1599 within his third book of Masses. The Mass will intentionally not be performed in its entirety to give space to various solo moments with pieces belonging to the first half of the 1600s, a time when sacred music reached its maximum splendor in Rome and Italy. The set also includes pieces by Luigi Battiferri, by Alessandro Grandi, and by Barbara Strozzi.


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c1525-1594)

From: Liber Missarum nr 3 (1599)

Missa Brevis (Kyrie and Gloria)

for four voices

Sopranos: Analise Mifsud, Mariah Costa, Michaela Agius,

Mardy Farrugia, Jasmine Farrugia, Gillian Zammit,

Francesca Aquilina, and Alison Gatt.

Altos: Francesca Buhagiar, Jessica Zammit, Lisa Baldacchino,

and Karl Luke Schembri.

Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)

From: Sacri musicali affetti (1655)

Surgite, surgite

for soprano and basso continuo

Soprano: Gillian Zammit

Luigi Battiferri (1610-1682)

From: Messa e salmi a tre voci (1642)

Salve Regina

for two sopranos and basso continuo

Sopranos: Analise Mifsud and Gillian Zammit

Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630)

From: Ghirlanda sacra (1625)

O quam tu pulchra es

for soprano and basso continuo

Soprano: Michaela Agius

Luigi Battiferri (1610-1682)

From: Messa e salmi a tre voci (1642)

Surgite gentes

for two sopranos and basso continuo

Sopranos: Francesca Aquilina and Alison Gatt

Giovanni Rovetta (1596-1668)

From: Mottetti a 2, 3, e 4 voci (1650)

Alma redemptoris Mater

for alto, tenor and basso continuo

Alto: Francesca Buhagiar

Tenor: Stanley Portelli

Giovanni Pierluigi da Paletrina (c1525-1594)

From: Liber Missarum nr 3 (1599)


for 3 voices

Sopranos: Mariah Costa, Mardy Farrugia, and Jasmine Farrugia

Altos: Karl Luke Schembri, and Jessica Zammit

Luigi Battiferri (1610-1682)

From: Messa e salmi a tre voci (1642)

Agnus Dei

for three voices and basso continuo

Altos: Lisa Baldacchino, and Stanley Portelli

Basso: Mark Bartolo

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