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Voice from Assisi / Friar Alessandro

Album Summary

>Leitch, Donovan : Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)
>Baker, Steven : Pater Noster (The Lord's Prayer), for voice & orchestra
>Mealor, Paul : Le Lodi di Dio Altissimo, for voice & orchestra
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Tantum ergo, for tenor, alto & orchestra in F major
>Durante, Francesco : Vergin, tutto amor
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
>Temple, Sebastian : Make me a Channel of Your Peace
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The legendary Mike Hedges (U2, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers) discovered Alessandro while in Italy, after years of searching for "the next Italian Tenor". Much like new TV hit 'The Voice' it was only when they met Alessandro in person, dressed in his habit that they realized the singer recommended to them was a friar.

Alessandro Giacomo Brustenghi was born in Perugia, Italy, in 1978. From his childhood he had a passion for music and this continued into his studies of that the Istituto Magistrale Musicale A. Pieralli, in his native city, and the later at the Morlacchi music conservatory where he studied organ, musical composition and voice. Together with his passion for music he was drawn to religious life and at the age of 21 he entered as a postulant in the Order of the Friars Minor of Umbria and would later take his final vows as a Franciscan friar some ten years later. It was in fact the desire to join commitment. At present he lives at the original friary founded by Saint Francis of Assisi: the Porziuncola in Assisi, where he acts as a sanctuary guide, and welcoming pilgrims to the Basilica there. He also animates the religious celebrations, playing the organ and singing with the choir or as a soloist. Friar Allessandro grew up listening to everything from Michael Jackson to Bach, loves electronic music, and his latest musical interest in Bjork.

Alessandro is the first Friar in the history to land a major record deal. Voice from Assisi is a mix of traditional and modern sacred songs, including an original track by Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor, set to a prayer written by St Francis of Assisi. When musing on his relationship with music, Friar Alessandro stated "God's gift was in my heart. When I woke up in the morning in my heart I heard melodies".

Having taken a personal vow of poverty, Friar Alessandro will not accept any money from my sales of the album and his day to day life will not change. Proceeds will go directly to the Order of Friars Minor for its charitable work. The Friar, by day, works in the Basilica of Satna Maria degli Angeli, welcoming many of the six million visitors to Assisi every year. In his spare time he works as a carpenter, restoring furniture and making wooden lecterns.

Recently featured on CBS NEWS, on September 27th, the Friar will take part in a very special media event with press from around the world in attendance at the legendary monastery in Assisi, Italy, where he will perform in his own consecrate environment.



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Works Details

>Leitch, Donovan : Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Baker, Steven : Pater Noster (The Lord's Prayer), for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mealor, Paul : Le Lodi di Dio Altissimo, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Sancta Maria
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Tantum ergo, for tenor, alto & orchestra in F major
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Durante, Francesco : Vergin, tutto amor
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Ariel Ramírez (1921 - 2010) : Misa Criolla :: Kyrie
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1865

>Temple, Sebastian : Make me a Channel of Your Peace
  • Performer: Alessandro Brustenghi (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.