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Holy Week in Naples at that time resounded with spectacular performances, liturgies and processions, and the world premiere recording of Passio, Gaetano Veneziani’s La Passione secondo Giovanni (1685), evokes its febrile creative atmosphere. Counter-tenor Raffaele Pé (Evangelist) keeps a magisterial grip on the drama, the sweet-toned Lucas Cervoni (tenor) is a nuanced Christus, and the choir in nine parts makes brief but telling interjections. The players of Cappella Neapolitana (formally I Turchini), directed by Antonio Florio, excel and sumptuous sound quality reveals an enthralling work, bristling with energy and invention.

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