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Alessandro Melani: Mottetti / Concerto Italiano

> Litanie per la Beata Vergine - Litanie per la Beata Vergine
> Ave regina coelorum - Ave regina coelorum
> Delectus sacrorum concentuum, Op. 2 - Clamemus ante deum
> Delectus sacrorum concentuum, Op. 2 - O voces formidandae
> Delectus sacrorum concentuum, Op. 2 - De necessitatibus
> Laudate pueri - Laudate pueri
> Vivere sine te - Vivere sine te
> Salve Regina - Salve Regina
> Concerti spirituali, Op. 3 - Concerti spirituali, Op. 3: Ad arma, cor meum
> Magnificat - Magnificat

Album Summary

>Melani, Alessandro : Litanie per la Beata Vergine, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : Ave regina coelorum, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : Clamemus ante Deum, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : O voces formidandae, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : De necessitatibus, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : Laudate pueri, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : Vivere sine te, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : Salve regina, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : Ad arma, cor meum, motet
>Melani, Alessandro : Magnificat, for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass & basso continuo
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"If you avoid early sacred music because you believe it to be proper, sterile, aloof ritual, this recording will be nothing less than a revelation. If you wish to hear what overwhelming joy and commitment sound like, and witness the power of music to expose the deep emotional connection between human and divine, this will be profoundly satisfying... Together with musicologist Luca Della Libera, who transcribed some of the pieces here (and wrote the booklet essay), Concerto Italiano and Alessandrini prove themselves to be the finest advocates of this splendid music." -American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
Melani is a real find: all credit to Rinaldo Alessandrini for rediscovering him and for securing performances of real brilliance from Concerto Italiano.

The Independent
Accompanied by two theorbos and a single organ, Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano sing with a bright blend and easy coloratura. Polychoral contrasts are vivid in "Vivere sine te", while the tutti entry on "Ora pro nobis" is dazzling.

The Guardian
Melani's smaller-scale motets show the mixture of techniques, some looking back to Palestrina, others taken on from Monteverdi and his contemporaries... Concerto Italiano's performances are never over-manicured; there's a nice bite to the sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rome, Italy (10/2006).



Reviews

Marvelous Melani From Santa Maria Maggiore
Pistoian-born Alessandro Melani is another one of those 17th century Italian composers who you hear for the first time and wonder, “where have you been all my life?” Well, it’s only fairly recently that his music has been shaped into performing editions after being dug out of the archives of a number of Roman churches, most notably the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Born to a musical family, Melani was a singer who worked his way up the ladder and eventually won the coveted post of maestro di cappella at Rome’s Santa Maria Maggiore (the Papal basilica and place where Palestrina was maestro di cappella back in the 16th century). Melani was pretty prolific and equally adept in the worlds of sacred music, instrumental music and opera. This recording by Concerto Italiano led by Rinaldo Alessandrini features Melani’s motets for various combinations of voices. In the rhapsodic and sonorous Litanie per la beata vergine for nine-part double choir, Melani has each choir sing different lines of the text and sometimes, to great effect, assigns specific lines for groups of two or three voices. These madrigal-like passages are very striking. De necessitatibus, a five-part setting, opens with some striking stile antico-styled passages before taking some interesting harmonic turns. There’s plenty more like this. I can’t speak highly enough of the performances. Concerto Italiano boasts some of the A-list vocal talent on the early music scene and when you have such sopranos as Anna Simboli, Monica Piccinini and Alena Dantcheva on board, things are going to be quite beautiful – just check out the astounding Ave regina for solo soprano and five-part chorus. Rare repertoire for sure, but repertoire you are going to love.
Submitted on 02/03/11 by Craig Zeichner 
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Works Details

>Melani, Alessandro : Litanie per la Beata Vergine, motet
  • Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : Ave regina coelorum, motet
  • Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : Clamemus ante Deum, motet
  • Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : O voces formidandæ, motet
  • Performers: Raffaele Giordani (Tenor); Luca Dordolo (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : De necessitatibus, motet
  • Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : Laudate pueri, motet
  • Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : Vivere sine te, motet
  • Performers: Anna Simbola (Voice); Monica Piccinini (Soprano); Sergio Foresti (Bass)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : Salve regina, motet
  • Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : Ad arma, cor meum, motet
  • Performers: Anna Simbola (Voice); Sergio Foresti (Bass)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Melani, Alessandro : Magnificat, for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass & basso continuo
  • Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque