The identity of the composer of the keyboard quartets on this disc remains, even after a great deal of research, an enigma. The name Lorenzo Weckbacher, with the further description ‘maître de chapelle da sa Majesté le Roi de Prusse’ adorns the first of the more than 370 pages of the manuscript (no. 64.182) that is kept in the library of the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. The collection contains seven keyboard quartets, a keyboard concerto, two Ouvertures and two orchestral concertos, all in the same handwriting and marked being composed by Lorenzo Weckbacher, a composer otherwise completely unknown.
Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie (Judith triumphant over the barbarians of Holofernes), RV 644, is an oratorio by Antonio Vivaldi, the only survivor of the four that he is known to have composed. The libretto was written by Iacopo Cassetti based upon the Book of Judith. Though the balance has been ably redressed in recent years, the appearance of this new recording of Juditha Triumphans is welcome.
For approaching a remarkable quarter of a century Antonio Florio and his colleagues at the Centro di Musica Antica Pietà de’ Turchini in Naples have been successfully breathing new life into the forgotten repertory of the Neapolitan Baroque. Now Florio has made an agreement with Glossa for the San Lorenzo de El Escorial-based label to issue the recordings of the ensemble of singers and instrumentalists, now renamed as simply I Turchini.