Harpa Romana

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Label: Arcana
Catalog: A561

Riccardo Pisani La smisuranza

“What I have that is most precious I will preserve in my own name.” This belief likely guided a series of harpists – ranging from Leonardo Mollica, the most renowned virtuoso of the late Renaissance, to Orazio Michi, Marco Marazzoli, and Giovan Carlo Rossi (brother of the better-known Luigi) – to change their names to Leonardo, Orazio, Marco, and Carlo “dall’Arpa” respectively. Although none of the above were actually born in Rome, this was the place where their careers played out. Restoring an identity to these musicians is the express aim of this recording project. The resulting portraits of these virtuosos of the “queen of instruments” are the outcome of lengthy research, study, transcription, and arrangement carried out by Riccardo Pisani and Chiara Granata. The ensemble La Smisuranza, with its unique formation of three double harps, accompanies the tenor Riccardo Pisani in this exhilarating musical journey. It is characterized by vibrant and ever-changing instrumental textures that alternate moments of intimacy and exuberance in accordance with the poetic text set to music. Pisani, a singer “gifted with a warm, seductive voice” (Diapason), presents the music of his home city after the recent success of "La Cetra di Sette Corde," a recording dedicated exclusively to the 17th-century tenor Francesco Rasi.

Price: $32.98