About

Michelangelo Falvetti’s name rarely appears even in the more in-depth and insightful studies of the history of music. Let us just say that in Richard Taruskin’s great five-volume Oxford History of Western Music, he is not mentioned even once on the total of four thousand pages.

His works have been introduced to the concert use in recent years thanks to the enthusiasm of Leonardo García Alarcón, who, enthralled by Falvetti’s work, decided to bring the compositions of the 17th-century kapellmeister of the cathedral in the Sicily’s Messina back to the present day. In the case of Il diluvio universale (1682), Alarcón’s motivation was twofold: his attention was drawn not only by the outstanding music, but also by the subject matter: the deluge sent by God as punishment, from which only Noah and his family, as well as the animals gathered on their ark, a pair from each species, were to survive. This story has stimulated the conductor’s imagination since childhood, and it must have also powerfully stimulated Falvetti’s compositional inventiveness, for the score of the oratorio shimmers with colours and sparkles with emotions more strongly than many operas from that period. Alarcón happened to be in Sicily when he received the work’s score from Vincenzo Di Betta. He was struck by how particularly affecting was the theme right there, on the island: “Studying this piece, I realised the extent to which it is obvious that this place, surrounded on all sides by water, inspired the composer to write music capable of expressing the feelings contained in such an extraordinary story.”

 

Performers:

Rad: Mariana Flores – soprano

Noè: Valerio Contaldo – tenor

Dio: Matteo Bellotto – bass

Aqua: Cécile Achille – soprano

Natura Humana: Ana Vieira Leite – soprano

Giustizia Divina: Alessandro Giangrande – alto

Morte: Ilia Mazurov – tenor

 

Cappella Mediterranea

Leonardo García Alarcón – conductor, harpsichord, artistic director

 

Programme:

Michelangelo Falvetti (1642–1693)

Il diluvio universale

 

 

 

 

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