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Il Pergolese

Maria Pia De Vito , Francois Couturier , Anja Lechner , Michele Rabbia Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A project paying tribute to 18th century composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736), Il Pergolese presents new arrangements and improvisations inspired by opera and sacred music. Singer Maria Pia De Vito, pianist François Couturier, cellist Anja Lechner and percussionist Michele Rabbia also consider Pergolesi's relationship to the art music and the popular music of Naples from a contemporary perspective.

The text of the Stabat Mater - translated into Neapolitan by Maria Pia De Vito - and the opera arias, transformed into songs and vivid narrative, open frames providing the key to reinterpreting Pergolesi. François Couturier's arrangements widen Pergolesi's structures, offering space for improvisational interaction. But this is a real group project, a discourse among acoustic sounds, with rhythms of drums and metals, and sampled and real-time electronics. Sound textures grow dense with the richness of instrumental counterpoint or are set free in electronic soundscapes and along coloristic, percussive lines, as cello becomes voice or voice becomes an instrument.

The project was commissioned by the Festival Pergolesi-Spontini of Jesi in 2011, and the improvisational component ensures that each performance of Il Pergolese is unique. The present interpretation was recorded in Lugano in December 2012, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Singer Maria Pia De Vito makes her ECM debut with Il Pergolese. She has long been active in improvisation and jazz with musical partners including John Taylor, Ralph Towner, Rita Marcatouli, Norma Winstone, Steve Swallow, Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Trovesi, Colin Towns and many more. Musical research, exploring beneath the work's surfaces, has been a key element of her performances, whether the music has been jazz of the American songbook, idiosyncratic Neapolitan vocal music (De Vito is a native of Naples), adaptations of Monteverdi with Bruno Tommaso or, as here, Pergolesi as an improvisational resource.

Personnel: Maria Pia De Vito (voice), François Couturier (piano), Anja Lechner (cello), Michele Rabbia (percussion, electronics)

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ECM 2340; ECM RECORDS - Germania; Classica in genere

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4.0 out of 5 stars Eternal sparkle 16 Feb 2014
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It's lacking "the eternal sparkle", but fairy enjoyable piece. Not necessarily the best thing for the rainy days. Highly recommend to have it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice try, but sing in tune, please 30 Jan 2014
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This is a new album in the ECM's "new bottle, old wine" series, in which old works in the classical, baroque, or even an earlier period are presented in new interpretation and with new instrumentation. The album is dedicated to Pergolese (1710 - 1736), who may be the most known for "Stabat Mater". It provides performance of some of his compositions by a vocalist and a piano-cello-percussion trio that builds music spontaneously as well as some pieces composed by the pianist. The trio's playing is marvelous. Anja Lechner is the cellist of the Rosamunde String Quartet and has appeared in several ECM recordings (one of her most impressive playing can be heard in her duo with Dino Saluzzi). Lechner has a rich tone, which shines through the album. Her eloquent playing, for example, in the track tune brings joy to the listener. The pianist Couturier is a very skilled pianist and his reserved playing with very clean tone is admirable. To me the problem is in Maria Pia De Vito's singing. She has the tendency of singing flat, which is audible in her previous recordings, e.g., "So Right". Unfortunately, this "flatness" is very strongly present in this recording, while she makes every attempt to communicate her feelings and what Pergolese might have wished to express. I for one believe that singing in tune is extremely important in dealing with materials in "classical music". She fails this test and thus fails to move me.
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