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Alessandro Melani : Concertos spirituels. Lastrucci.
Format : 2 CD
Total Time : 02:15:07

Recording : 01/02/2019
Location : Florence
Country : Italie
Sound : Eglise / Stereo

Label : Brilliant Classics
Catalog No. : BRIL95970
EAN : 5028421959702
Price Code : DM011A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 27/11/2019

Genre : Classical
Alessandro Melani (1639-1703)
Concertos spirituels à 2, 3 et 5 voix, op. 3
Ad arma cor meum
Peccantem me quotidie
Cantemus Domino
Eia in arma
O felix anima
Fallacicum sono
Quid dormis
Derelinquat impius
Congregate caetum
Ecce salus
Salve superum Regina
Alma Redemptoris
Salve Mater et Regina
SPirate zeffiri
Quae est ista
Iustus ut palma
Date voces pueri
Recolite memoriam

I Musici del Gran Principe
Benedetta Corti, soprano
Valentina Vitolo, soprano
Francesca Caponi, soprano
Margherita Tani, alto
Elisabetta Vuocolo, alto
Vincenzo Franchini, alto
Francesco Marchetti, ténor
Alessandro Ravasio, basse
Dimitri Betti, orgue
Anna Clemente, clavecin
Francesco Olivero, thérobe, archiluth, guitare baroque
Valeria Brunelli, violoncelle
Nicola Domenciconi, contrebasse
Samuele Lastrucci, direction

Sacred and sinuous motets by a major figure in the musical life of 17th-century Rome. Brilliant Classics has long been renowned for reviving little-known figures from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. Little enough is now known about Alessandro Melani, and his music has almost been forgotten, but this beautifully prepared collection of his religious music should go some way to reviving his reputation. Born in 1639 in the city of Pistoia to the cathedral’s bell-ringer, the youngest of seven sons, Alessandro Melani undertook his musical apprenticeship at the cathedral before taking up directorships in grander Italian cities. A move to Rome in 1667 changed his career and established his reputation; he came under the patronage of the Medici family, and published three collections of sacred music. The last of them now receives its first-ever complete recording. This is Baroque vocal chamber music at once sombre and sumptuous, reverent and yet richly decorated like the basilicas where Melani worked. Marian hymns, penitential psalms and liturgical propers all receive lavish treatments in combinations of two, three and five voices, buttressed in this recording by a five-part continuo accompaniment designed to draw out every one of Melani’s luscious harmonies and featuring organ, harpsichord, cello, string bass, archlute and theorbo. The recording is the work of a dynamic young Italian early-music group founded in 2017 and led by the prodigiously talented Samuele Lastrucci, formerly assistant to the mercurial Baroque expert Federico Maria Sardelli. Since 2015 he has been the artistic director of the Tuscan-based Da Vinci Baroque Festival; he is presently maestro di capella of the Church of Ss. Michele and Gaetano in Florence.

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