ALESSANDRO MELANI (1639-1703): L'Europa for Soprano, Altus, Bass, Strings and Continuo, Requiem for Soloists, Chorus, 2 Violins, Viola and Continuo, Beatus vir for Chorus, Strings and Continuo, Magnificat for 2 Sopranos, Altus, Tenor, Bass and Continuo.
Catalogue Number: 12K020
Reference: 777 408-2
Description: Here's a composer execrated by history because his brother worked as a spy for Louis XIV and did enough that a series of current (I mean, now... today) novels about him led the Vatican to proscribe their Italian authors (what did this guy do back in the 17th century?). Anyway, back from centuries of oblivion, here are a 36-minute dramatic setting of the Europa myth and three sacred works from a gifted and neglected Roman baroque composer. Italian-English texts. Veronika Winter, Cornelia Samuelis (sopranos), Kai Wessel (altus), Benoît Haller (tenor), Ekkehard Abele (bass), Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max.