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episode 35: 20035 Giovanni Battista Casali - Sacred Music from Eighteenth-Century Rome

The history of music-making in Rome tends to focus on Renaissance polyphony, with an occasional nod to the Baroque thereafter. But thanks to composers like Giovanni Battista Casali (1715–92), choral music continued to flourish in Roman churches and other religious establishments in the eighteenth century, too, until Napoleon’s occupation broke many of its traditions. Casali’s music, though, is as good as unknown, and this pioneering recording reveals a composer at home in the galant style – with a surprising fondness for the occasional dissonance.


  1. Confitebor tibi, Domine (2:02)
  2. Comedetis carnes (2:54)
  3. Adiuva nos, Deus (2:18)
  4. Improperium expectavit* (2:34)
  5. Tantum ergo (3:38)
  6. Christum regem adoremus (2:37)
  7. Ad te levavi (2:38)
  8. Ave Maria a4 (3:38)
  9. Exaltabo te (2:50)
  10. Hodie nobis de caelo (2:23)
  11. Quem vidistis pastores (2:36)
  12. Constitues eos (2:13)
  13. Ave Maria a8 (4:05)
  14. Justus ut palma (2:45)
  15. Scapulis suis (3:32)
  16. Caro mea, vere est cibus (3:18)
  17. Haec dies (2:39)
  18. Memoria fecit (Confitebor in D)(2:22)
  19. Gloria Patri (Confitebor in D) (3:26)

All Except * First Recordings

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 November 7, 2023  57m