(Streaming) Michelangelo Falvetti: Nabucco
Among the many works composed by Michelangelo Falvetti (1642 - 1692) - polyphonic masses, concert psalms, motets for soloists or for several voices with basso continuo - only the music of two magnificent Dialoghi has come down to us, respectively for five and six voices: Il diluvio universale, dating from 1682 and Il Nabucco, performed, still in Messina, in 1683. These are two masterful scores in which Falvetti shows himself to be an accomplished musician, profound connoisseur of the Baroque Roman and Venetian musical tradition, but enriched by 'a sensuality, expressive all Mediterranean and typically island: qualities that we have already been able to appreciate in part thanks to the refined interpretation that Leonardo García Alarcón, at the head of Cappella Mediterranea and the Chamber Choir of Namur, gave of the Diluvio universale (Ambronay Festival 2010 and 2011), and which are sublimated in this no less extraordinary Dialogo del Nabucco .
Vincenzo Giattini's Dialogo del Nabucco is an oratorio inspired by episodes told in the second and third chapters of the Book of Daniel, centered on the figures of the sovereign Nebuchadnezzar II, the prophet Daniel and the three young people Ananias, Azarias and Misaël who, for not having wanted to worship a pagan idol, were thrown into a fiery furnace from which they emerged intact. _ Nicolo Maccavino
The hot stamp of Mariana Flores in the furnace of "Nabucco"
“The excellent musicians of the Cappella Mediterranea and the Namur Chamber Choir, under the electrifying direction of Leonardo García Alarcón, have masterfully served this rich and contrasting score, surprisingly theatrical, subtle and sensual. The Argentinian conductor has finely integrated Iranian percussions, ney and kaval flutes, duduk oboes, from Turkish-Armenian traditions. The solid set of soloists was largely dominated by the warm tone and radiant engagement of Argentinian soprano Mariana Flores. "
Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde, September 18, 2012.
"Under the vaults of the Abbey of Ambronay, the magic of metamorphosis operates from the start." Fabrice Malkani, Forum Opera, September 2012.