Lotti: Crucifixus

Reviewed on Wed 03 Aug, 2016

The Missa Sancti Christophori, recorded complete for the first time, showcases the brilliant, proto-galant 'Crucifixus' for eight voices (the one piece by Lotti frequently recorded).

An almost exact contemporary of Vivaldi, Antonio Lotti wrote extensively for St Mark’s in Venice and his music – so this new Delphian recording attempts to persuade – is as ripe for rediscovery now as the Red Priest’s was a few decades ago. No crowd-pleasing Four Seasons here, though, but plenty of glorious sacred music instead, full of exuberantly inventive multi-part writing both for orchestra and voices – the antiphonal Credo in G minor is the most audibly Venetian (shades of the Gabrielis); while the harmonically adventurous Dixit Dominus shows off Lotti’s fondness for striking chiaroscuro effects, as does the more substantial Miserere in C minor. The Missa Sancti Christophori, recorded complete for the first time, showcases the brilliant, proto-galant 'Crucifixus' for eight voices (the one piece by Lotti frequently recorded). Ben Palmer’s vocal and instrumental ensembles make the best possible case for hearing more from Antonio Lotti. Here’s hoping this album is just the first of many.
–Mark Walker