NICCOLÓ JOMMELLI (1714-1774): La Passione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo.
Catalogue Number: 04S020
Label: Pan Classics
Reference: PC 10376
Format: CD reissue
Description: A 1749 setting of a much-used Metastasio libretto. From the original release’s Gramophone review: “The diversity of moods offered Jommelli scope for his abundant powers of invention and for his striking scoring, giving the orchestra a remarkably independent role and, as usual with him, entrusting to it a long introductory ritornello before each aria (always in da capo form): note-worthy also are his dramatic accompanied recitatives.” 2 CDs. Anke Herrmann (soprano), Debora Beronesi (mezzo), Jeffrey Francis (tenor), Maurizio Picconi (baritone), Ensemble Vocale Sigismondo d’India, Ensemble Vocale Eufonia, Berliner Barock Akademie; Alessandro De Marchi. Original 1996 K617 release.