Iacomo Carissimi: Historia di Jephte
St. Thomas Aquinas Palo Alto
St. Mark's Episcopal Berkeley
St. Mark's Lutheran San Francisco
Catherine Webster, soprano
Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Jennifer Paulino, soprano
Andrew Rader, counter-tenor
Paul Elliott, tenor
Peter Becker, bass
Warren Stewart, violoncello
John Lenti, lute
Katherine Heater, organ
Though he chose to remain in his relatively modest post at the Jesuit German College in Rome for his entire career and never published any of his works, few composers had more influence on music history than Iacomo Carissimi. Manuscript copies of his cantatas and oratorios circulated widely throughout Europe and his many pupils, notably Marc-Antoine Charpentier, absorbed Carissimi’s tonal clarity and sensitivity to words and emotion. Magnificat’s program included Carissimi’s most famous work Historia di Jephte together with his oratorio Job, the solo cantata Suonerá l’ultima tromba and mid-century Roman instrumental works.
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Background image detail from Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini, Return of Jephtah, ca. 1700.