Alice Foccroulle, Reinoud van Mechelen, InAlto, Lambert Colson – Teatro spirituale (Rome C. 1610) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:06 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
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This recording transports us to Rome’s Chiesa Nuova, the Oratory Church where in 1600 the premiere took place of the first spiritual opera, La Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo by Cavalieri. That pioneering spirit has inspired this programme devised by InAlto. Among the manuscripts in the church’s library is an anonymous source, probably dating from the very beginning of the 17th century, containing a complete cycle of settings of those seven psalms that ever since the time of Saint Augustine have been called the ‘Penitenial Psalms’. This Roman score is absolutely unique of its kind, being monodic, and composed in the early operatic melodic narrative style of recitar cantando. InAlto presents here a completely original approach, one that puts this early 17th century repertoire in its context by recreating, in the tradition of the Oratorian spiritual exercises, an imaginary ritual that might unfold in the days preceding Holy Week, one in which each of the penitential psalms takes on its full meaning; while the extraordinary musical dissonances encoded in this manuscript are guaranteed to shock the listener…

Despite the rivalry between the operatic companies leaded by Haendel and Porpora in London (1734-1737), much has to be said about the real nature of the connection between the two composers. Both the musicians were considered outstandingly original for their aesthetic choices. Both admired each other’s music. The few whirlwind years of their defiance in Great Britain produced memorable scores: among them, Ariodante by Haendel and Polifemo by Porpora, performed with simultaneous runs in the city theaters. The fight between the two operatic company was an opportunity for the composers to meet and discover each other, to deal with the taste of the audience and to experiment new ideas, getting strength from the incredible skills of the members of the vocal casts (Farinelli, Senesino, Carestini, etc.). This album tries to capture the soul of such a complicated intellectual relationship, presenting significant exemples of the composers’ style and outlining the borders of the mutual esteem between two giants in the history of music. On her debut solo album, the young talented mezzosoprano Giuseppina Bridelli performs with effortless bravery the difficult pages written for some of the most famous singers of the 18th century: between them, a version with original variations of Haendel Scherza infida.

1. De profundis clamavi (Ps. 129)
2. Sinfonia
3. Satiati huomo carnale
4. Reinoud Van Mechelen Domine ne in furore tuo (Ps. 37)
5. Ritorn’al tuo pastor smarrit’agnella
6. Come ti veggio
7. Cappriccio sopra Ré, Fa, Mi, Sol
8. Emendemus in melius
9. Reinoud Van Mechelen Domine exaudi orationem meam (Ps. 142)
10. Crudele, acerba, inesorabil morte
11. Miserere mei Deus (Ps. 50)
12. S’alhor che più sperai
13. Toccata quarta per l’organo da sonarsi alla levatione
14. Domine ne in furore tuo (Ps. 6)
15. Canzon quinta a 4
16. Signor, io t’ho confitto
17. Recercata 19 a 4

Alice Foccroulle, soprano
Reinoud van Mechelen, tenor
Lambert Colson, conductor


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