LORENZO PEROSI (1872-1956): Il natale del Redentore (Emilia Bertoncello [soprano], Lucia Bini [mezzo], Dino di Domenico [tenor], Davide Pelisseri [baritone], Coro Castelbarco di Avio, Orchestra Sinfonica della Valle d'Aosta), La festa del villaggio for Orchestra (Orchestra Sinfonica Carlo Coccia di Novara).

Catalogue Number: 10K006

Label: Bongiovanni

Reference: GB 2433/34-2

Format: CD

Price: $39.98

Description: A brand-new recording of one of Perosi's major works (we offered an elderly 1963 recording on the defunct Sarx Angelicum label back in June 1999), this oratorio dates from 1899 and uses fully contemporary compositional syntax and orchestral technique. Modern harmonies and contrapuntal elaboration clothe the composer's characteristic expressiveness and directness in music by turns passionate and majestic and devotional and spiritual. Sure to appeal to anyone interested in late Romantic sacred music, while the 13-minute filler is a 1912 snapshot of village life, full of brilliant colors (and prominent use of chimes) and memorable rhythms in its outer sections which frame a warm and melodious center. 2 CDs. Latin-English texts. Arturo Sacchetti (conductor).

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