MARTÍN PALMERI (b.1965): Magnificat for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Chorus, Bandoneon, Piano and String Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 07T071
Description: This is different. A full-scale setting of the Magnificat in, basically, the style of Piazzolla. This kind of idea isn't entirely unprecedented - think of Ramírez' Misa criolla or Fanshawe's African Sanctus for instance, but the Argentine Palmeri seems to be the first to combine a large choral religious work with the idiom of the Tango nuevo (his previous work, Misatango, was his first essay in this style). Some elements of Baroque - especially Bach's - counterpoint and choral writing are evident, but stylistically the work is predominantly indebted to the Tango, with lively tango rhythms and the omnipresent pungent timbre of the bandoneon. This high-energy, syncopated music works remarkably well for this exultant hymn of ecstatic praise (it is harder to imagine, say a Requiem or Miserere in this style, though it might be interesting to be proven wrong), incongruous as the idea might sound at first, though just occasionally the slower, prayerful verses might strike some as a little sultry and more redolent of the nightclub than the cathedral. Overall, the work has an irresistible energy and vitality and is a very attractive alternative view of a familiar text. Aleksandra Turalska (soprano), Agata Schmidt (mezzo), Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (bandoneon), Martín Palmieri (piano), Astrolabium Choir, Capella Bydgodtiensis Chamber Orchestra; Kinga Litowska.