Grotesquerie in music of Seventeenth-century Rome

May 29, 2024, 10:00 pm

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A group of musicians playing stringed instruments of the Renaissance and 3 famle and 3 male singers and a conductor perform in a church
Alessandro Quarta conducts Concerto Romano

Oratorios were to seventeenth-century Romans what movies are to us. What could be more entertaining than stories of saints full of action and emotion, with highly complex theological doctrines and existential experiences of faith? Concerto Romano, specialists in Roman music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, brings us the complete range of high-Baroque musical drama: angels and demons, saints and sinners, in a variety of instrumental environments.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert November 12, 2022 in the Kreuzkriche in Herne, Germany, as part of the Herne Early Music Days Festival. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.

  • Playlist

    Francesco Rossi (1625-1699): La caduta degli angeli

    Agostino Diruta (1590-1647): A Santa Apolonia mentre era tormentata senza denti

    Bonifazio Graziani (1604-1664): Le Parche filano la vita humana

    Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674): Historia Divitis

    Francisco de Soto (1534-1619): Nell’ apparir del sempiterno sole

    Concerto Romano; Alessandro Quarta, conductor