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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.




Programme:



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)


Benedictus


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