Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini;
Lastraioli, Gian Luca
This CD is entirely devoted to the music of the early Baroque Italian composer, poet and organist, Carlo Milanuzzi. During his lifetime, Milanuzzi’s fame spread far and wide; today, however, he is shrouded in obscurity. The artists hope that this recording – the first dedicated to his music – will contribute to the rediscovery of one of the most significant Italian musicians of the 17th century.
Indeed, it seems that Milanuzzi enjoyed a veritable ‘pop star’ status back in his day. In addition to masses, motets and psalms, he also wrote nearly 200 songs (brought together in nine books entitled Le Ariose Vaghezze which were published between 1622 and 1643), works which reveal him to be one of the most progressive monodists of his generation, clearly intent on reaching as wide an audience as possible. The arias to be found in the nine volumes, 13 of which feature on this recording, are mostly short, tuneful pieces in the style that was rapidly gaining popularity in northern Italy in the 1620s. They are complemented by instrumental dances written in guitar ‘alfabeto’ notation, ‘expanded’ on this recording by way of a larger ensemble.
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