In Spiritum: Music for Cello and Bandoneon | Brilliant Classics 96381

In Spiritum: Music for Cello and Bandoneon


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 96381

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 13th August 2021



This recording, from friends and collaborators Federico Bracalente and Daniele di Bonaventura, stems from an idea they had almost 10 years ago: to merge the sounds of their respective instruments, the cello and the bandoneon, into a single sound.

After a long period of research and experimentation the artists settled on the polyphonic vocal repertoire of the 15th and 16th centuries to realise their vision, reworking it through the inclusion of free and improvised parts.

The practice of improvising pieces to alternate with other writings was commonplace during this musical period. Tinctoris in Liber de arte contrapuncti describes the custom of Cantare super librum  the ability of the performers to elaborate a counterpoint to the mind. Taking advantage of the vocal characteristics of the two instruments the extensive range and singing likeness of the cello and the two liturgical registers of the bandoneon (left hand and right hand) the artists perform this music as if they are three singers, inserting it into a new tonal instrumental framework.

In two pieces, Bracalente and di Bonaventura use an overdubbing technique to enable the cello to simultaneously perform the parts of Superius and Bassus (in Alexander Agricolas De tous biens plaine II) and create a polyphonically more complex fabric in Jean Moutons 8-voice motet Nesciens Mater.

In addition to the compositions by Agricola, Du Fay, Palestrina, Mouton and Binchois, they also include an unpublished and never-recorded madrigal, Tu Dormi et Amor veglia per mio danno, by fellow countryman Eliseo Ghibellini, as well as two other original contemporary compositions written in polyphonic style by di Bonaventura.

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