Reliquie Di Roma III: Mortale, che pensi?

Erin Headley’s award-winning ensemble ATALANTE is named in honour of Leonardo da Vinci’s friend and pupil Atalante Migliorotti, who invented the lirone in 1505. That magic and hauntingly beautiful bowed instrument has been Erin Headley’s domain since 1980, through an astonishing number of performances and recordings that have been acclaimed worldwide. In the 17th century the lirone was associated with the lament, a genre that first appeared during the generation of Monteverdi, reached its culmination in Rome, and has been Atalante’s main specialization.


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“I have never heard accompanying continuo played so dramatically or for that matter such committed singing in this repertoire. These are dramatized performances. Not only have these singers and players brought this forgotten music to light they are performing it surely as it must have been done four hundred years ago: to move the audience to tears and to bring the story to life. I must single out Baka for praise but do also listen to Nadine Balbeisi in Rossi’s equally passion-ridden Lamento Zaida… This CD is beautifully recorded and the booklet comes with complete texts, performers’ biographies and some photographs, also two essays by Erin Headley. The first goes through the composers and the background to the pieces. The second, at the back, is entitled ‘Enharmonic Exotica’ in which Headley discusses some of the period’s instrumental oddities like the lirone and the even more bizarre tuning methods found and heard in the Mazzocchi ‘Lagrime’. Ideal really.” Gary Higginson, musicweb-international

"This is the third disc in a project that explores repertoire written in Rome in the 17th century. I reviewed the first two discs, and I was impressed by the choice of repertoire and the performances. It is no different this time: this disc is another gem. The music can't fail to impress. The singers of Atalanta fully live up to the requirements. Christian Immler gives a powerful account of the monologue of Nero (Stradella), Nadine Balbeisi convincingly personifies Zaida (Rossi), and Theodora Baka is excellent as Armida. Katherine Watson delivers an incisive performance of Lagrime amare, also about Jesus' passion, whereas Samuel Boden gives a sensitive interpretation of A piè del sanguinoso tronco. More important than the singers' technical skills is the ability to communicate the emotional content, and that is exactly this disc's main asset. The booklet announces the fourth disc in this series which will be called Lamento di David. I am very much looking forward to it."

Johan van Veen,

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