Cover Teatro spirituale (Rome C. 1610)

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Label: Ricercar

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Traditional:
  • 1De profundis clamavi (Ps. 129)03:45
  • Emilio de' Cavalieri (1550 - 1602):
  • 2Sinfonia02:04
  • Paolo Quagliati (1555 - 1628):
  • 3Satiati huomo carnale02:51
  • Traditional:
  • 4Domine ne in furore tuo (Ps. 37)08:20
  • Giovanni Francesco Anerio (1569 - 1630):
  • 5Ritorn'al tuo pastor smarrit'agnella03:10
  • Francisco Soto de Langa (1534 - 1619):
  • 6Come ti veggio02:34
  • Giovanni de Macque (1550 - 1614):
  • 7Cappriccio sopra Ré, Fa, Mi, Sol05:25
  • Antonio Cifra (1584 - 1629):
  • 8Emendemus in melius02:55
  • Traditional:
  • 9Domine exaudi orationem meam (Ps. 142)05:09
  • Luca Marenzio (1553 - 1599):
  • 10Crudele, acerba, inesorabil morte02:47
  • Traditional:
  • 11Miserere mei Deus (Ps. 50)09:07
  • Paolo Animuccia:
  • 12S'alhor che più sperai01:51
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 - 1643):
  • 13Toccata quarta per l'organo da sonarsi alla levatione05:09
  • Traditional:
  • 14Domine ne in furore tuo (Ps. 6)04:50
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi:
  • 15Canzon quinta a 403:41
  • Giovanni Francesco Anerio:
  • 16Signor, io t'ho confitto03:10
  • Paolo Quagliati:
  • 17Recercata 19 a 405:27
  • Total Runtime01:12:15

Info for Teatro spirituale (Rome C. 1610)

This recording transports us to Rome’s Chiesa Nuova, the Oratory Church where in 1600 the premiere took place of the first spiritual opera, La Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo by Cavalieri. That pioneering spirit has inspired this programme devised by InAlto. Among the manuscripts in the church’s library is an anonymous source, probably dating from the very beginning of the 17th century, containing a complete cycle of settings of those seven psalms that ever since the time of Saint Augustine have been called the ‘Penitenial Psalms’. This Roman score is absolutely unique of its kind, being monodic, and composed in the early operatic melodic narrative style of recitar cantando. InAlto presents here a completely original approach, one that puts this early 17th century repertoire in its context by recreating, in the tradition of the Oratorian spiritual exercises, an imaginary ritual that might unfold in the days preceding Holy Week, one in which each of the penitential psalms takes on its full meaning; while the extraordinary musical dissonances encoded in this manuscript are guaranteed to shock the listener...

Alice Foccroulle, soprano
Reinoud van Mechelen, tenor
Lambert Colson, conductor

Alice Foccroulle
soprano, was a member of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie children’s choir from the age of seven. Besides the lessons she takes with the Danish singing teacher Susanna Eken, she studied at the Musikhochschule Köln as a student of Joseph Protschka and Christoph Prégardien. Alice is regularly invited to perform with various ensembles and conductors such as Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe), la Fenice (Jean Tubéry), Musica Favola (Stephane van Dijck) and Wim Becu. She took part in the “House of the sleeping beauties” composed by Kris Defoort and conducted by Patrick Davin, created in the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and performed all over Europe. More recently, she recorded the roll of Dorinda in Zamponi's opera "Ulysse", conducted by Leonardo Garcia Alarcòn for the label Ricercar.

Reinoud Van Mechelen
graduated from his vocal studies at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels in the class of Dina Grossberger in 2012. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Caecilia Prize as Young Musician of the Year from the union of the Belgian music press. An acknowledgement from "home" for the artist who managed to establish himself at numerous international stages within his early years of career.

Already in 2007 Reinoud Van Mechelen caught attention at the European Baroque Academy in Ambronay (France) under the baton of Hervé Niquet. In 2011 he was a member of William Christie’s and Paul Agnew’s "Jardin des Voix" and became a regular soloist of Les Arts florissants subsequently. Guest appeareances with this ensemble made him perform at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Edinburgh Festival, the Château de Versailles, the Bolchoï Theatre in Moscow, the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Philharmony and the Opéra Comique in Paris as well as at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Many renowned Baroque ensembles such as Collegium Vocale, Le Concert Spirituel, La Petite Bande, Les Talens Lyriques, Pygmalion, Le Poème Harmonique, Il Gardellino, Insula Orchestra, L’Arpeggiata, Ludus Modalis, B’Rock, Ricercar Consort, Capriccio Stravagante, Scherzi Musicali and the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Hespèrion XXI ensured his cooperation.

In 2014 Reinoud Van Mechelen sang the part of the Evangelist in J. S. Bach's St. John Passion for the first time in his career with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, a part he will be singing again with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, among others. The last few seasons have, however, been highlighted by his performances of Rameau’s title-role in Dardanus (Opéra national de Bordeaux) and Zoroastre (on concert-tour to the Festival de Montpellier et Radio-France, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Festival de Beaune, the Théâtre Royal in Versailles and the Theater an der Wien), both productions with Raphaël Pichon conducting. 2016/17 saw his Zurich Opera debut as Jason in Charpentier's Médée conducted by William Christie. Apart from numerous other commitments, he added further new roles in concert version to his repertory: Belmonte (The Abduction from the Seraglio) with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Gérald (Lakmé) with the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Besides numerous performances with his own ensemble, a nocte temporis, he took part in 2017/18 in the jubilee-production celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Concert Spirituel („Un opéra imaginaire“) as well as in two concert-tours with Les Arts florissants (Actéon by Charpentier in the USA and Selva Morale by Monteverdi in Paris, Versailles, Caen, Berlin and London). He also performed the title-role in Rameau’s Pygmalion at the Dijon Opera.

His season 2018/19 will be highlighted by his debuts at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie (Tamino in Die Zauberflöte) and at the Staatsoper Berlin (Hippolyte in Hippolyte et Aricie under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle).

Reinoud Van Mechelen already joined numerous CD- and DVD-productions. His first solo CD with the title "Erbame Dich" (arias by J. S. Bach) was released by Alpha Classics in 2016 finding unanimous acclaim by the press and receiving both a "Choc" from the monthly magazine Classica („A Bach-recording blessed by the gods“) as well as one of 10 Caecilia-Awards for the best recordings of the year 2016. His second solo CD ("Clérambault, cantates françaises"), again by Alpha Classics, has been released in 2018 and generates no less enthousiasm ("Diapason d'or" for instance) than the first recording.

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