Harpa Romana – Arias & Cantatas by the 17th-Century Virtuosos

Chiara Granata La Smisuranza, Riccardo Pisani

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“What I have that is most precious I will preserve in my own name”. This is most likely the belief that 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. And 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, characterised 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 17-century tenor Francesco Rasi.


Riccardo Pisani – tenor
La Smisuranza
– ensemble
Chiara Granata – harp
Marta Graziolino – harp
Elena Spotti – harp 

Tracklist

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1.
Canzona
01:29
2.
Or che la notte del silentio amica
03:02
3.
Più non armi la mia lira
03:26
4.
Toccata per spinettina sola overo liuto
02:18
5.
Perdan quest’occhi il sole
06:06
6.
Arpa
00:41
7.
Infelice mia vita
03:54
8.
Toccata per Florete Flores
01:03
9.
Se l’amar non è peccato
04:41
10.
La Ragana
01:55
11.
Vanne mio core alle stelle
03:21
12.
È così dolce la pena
02:26
13.
Una cetra s’accoglie
01:47
14.
Vuoi ch’io mora
01:33
15.
Lasciatemi qui solo
07:05
16.
E pur volsi innamorarmi
05:13
17.
Paradigma I
01:16
18.
Misero et è pur vero
04:28
19.
O che sempre mi scordi
05:17
20.
Canzon
02:39
21.
Madre del Redentore
03:42

Total time: 01:07:22

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Recording Location

Church of Santa Maria in Campo, Cavenago di Brianza (Italy)

Sound engineer, editing and mastering

Alessandro Panetta, 360 dB Studios, Roma

Release DateApril 19, 2024

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