SALVATORE SCIARRINO (b.1947): 12 Madrigali.
Catalogue Number: 12L107
Label: col legno
Reference: WWE 1CD 20287
Description: Sciarrino's take on the madrigal tradition of the 17th century produces an exquisitely detailed, stylized, mannered, enigmatic series of pieces. Setting six Haiku in Sciarrino's own Italian translations, each one twice, the voices weave around each other in expressive little dramatic scenae, sometimes extended to include onomatopœic effects - finger snaps and vocal imitations of natural sounds. Whispering, sighing, fluid gliding tones and microtonal dissonances provide an extraordinarily diverse vocal palette, decorating the soaring melodic lines of text. The texts are thus illuminated in the most gorgeous, glowing colors; the second setting of each poem is an 'unfaithful mirror' of the first, emphasizing different aspects of the poem's imagery through distortions in vocal layout and decorative gesture. Italian-English texts. Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart.