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Falvetti: Il diluvio universale

Leonardo García Alarcón / Choeur de Chambre de Namur / Cappella Mediterranea

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Leonardo García Alarcón's 2011 recording of Michelangelo Falvetti's 1682 oratorio Il Diluvio Universale is a reminder, if one were needed, that there are untold treasures of Baroque repertoire waiting to be discovered. The story of The Flood is told economically, but with enough peculiar diversions from the Biblical story to keep listeners on their toes about what's going to happen next. There are personifications of Divine Justice, Human Nature, Water, Fire, Land, and Death (a smugly self-satisfied character who sings a triumphant, gleeful little gigue once humanity has been wiped out). This is the first recording of any work by Falvetti and it's a knock-out. Having performers like Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterranea, and Choeur de Chambre de Namur in your corner perhaps gives any composer a hand up, but the exceptional quality of the score itself is also easy to discern. The work defies the conventions of its times and often astonishes with its originality and the richness of its inventiveness. Its many delightful quirks begin when Divine Justice, bringing charges against Mankind for its many failings, peremptorily breaks into the overture, bringing it to a grinding, premature halt. For all its strangeness, it's remarkably astute dramatically, and is typical of Falvetti's gift for odd but wonderfully apt musical gestures. Another moment: when the shrieking multitudes are being swept away by the deluge, they are engulfed mid-word, leaving silence except for the rushing of the wind. The score is also full of moments of breathtaking loveliness. Noah's duets with his wife, "Il Gran Dio di pieta," "Motor Divino," and "Placati Dio di bontà," sung radiantly by tenor Fernando Guimarães and soprano Mariana Flores, are as achingly poignant and sumptuous as anything out of Cavalli, perhaps even Monteverdi. Alarcón and his orchestral, choral, and vocal forces deliver virtuoso performances that quiver with musical vibrancy and dramatic conviction. The soloists are consistently superb; besides Guimarães and Flores, contralto Evelyn Ramirez Munoz and sopranos Magali Arnault and Caroline Weynants are standouts. Arnault delivers what can only be described as a jaw-dropping coloratura performance as Water in "Le nubi funeste," and then the choir joins in singing similar material with similar facility; it's simply astonishing. Complementing the standard instrumental ensemble, Iranian percussionist Keyvan Chemirani uses Arabic folk instruments that would have been familiar in countries around the Mediterranean basin to provide color and rhythmic energy. The sound of the Ambronay CD is clean, detailed, and warmly present. Il Diluvio Universale is a quirky piece and is not likely to supplant Messiah in popularity, but it deserves the attention of anyone who loves the byways of the Baroque and ought to leave scholars scurrying in search of other Falvetti scores. Highly recommended.
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1
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": Prologo "Sinfonia"
00:02:13

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Evelyn Ramirez-Muñoz, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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2
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": Troppo, ah troppo soffersi
00:00:49

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Evelyn Ramirez-Muñoz, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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3
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": A’ miei cenni ubbidienti
00:00:18

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Evelyn Ramirez-Muñoz, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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4
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": O Giustizia Divina
00:01:01

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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5
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": Seguaci del mio volere
00:01:57

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Evelyn Ramirez-Muñoz, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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6
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": Scoppijn gravidi
00:01:31

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Evelyn Ramirez-Muñoz, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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7
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": Gli protervi nel mar
00:00:10

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Evelyn Ramirez-Muñoz, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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8
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": Del tuo divino impero
00:00:20

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist - Magali Arnault, MainArtist

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9
Il diluvio universale, Act I "In Cielo": Le nubi funeste
00:02:18

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist - Magali Arnault, MainArtist

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10
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": Dolce sposo Noè
00:06:09

Fernando Guimarães, MainArtist - Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Mariana Flores, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

11
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": Il Gran Dio di pietà
00:04:17

Fernando Guimarães, MainArtist - Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Mariana Flores, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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12
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": Divin Monarca
00:01:19

Fernando Guimarães, MainArtist - Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Matteo Bellotto, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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13
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": Motor Divino
00:03:14

Fernando Guimarães, MainArtist - Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Mariana Flores, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

14
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": Sì mie potenze armatevi
00:01:09

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Matteo Bellotto, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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15
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": I tuoi decreti
00:01:45

Fernando Guimarães, MainArtist - Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Matteo Bellotto, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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16
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": Dal naufragio comune
00:00:33

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Matteo Bellotto, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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17
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": Grazie a la man tonante
00:02:08

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

18
Il diluvio universale, Act II "In Terra": Empij mortali
00:01:23

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Matteo Bellotto, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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19
Il diluvio universale, Act III "Il diluvio": Sinfonia di tempeste (A fuggire)
00:01:27

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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20
Il diluvio universale, Act III "Il diluvio": Da le caverne oscure
00:02:31

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Fabian Schofrin, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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21
Il diluvio universale, Act III "Il diluvio": E chi mi dà aita
00:04:17

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

22
Il diluvio universale, Act III "Il diluvio": La morte ingoio
00:04:08

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Caroline Weynants, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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23
Il diluvio universale, Act III "Il diluvio": Son pur’io (No’l vedete)
00:01:59

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Caroline Weynants, MainArtist - Fabian Schofrin, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

24
Il diluvio universale, Act III "Il diluvio": Apritemi il varco a la Morte
00:01:45

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Caroline Weynants, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

25
Il diluvio universale, Act III "Il diluvio": Ahi che nel fin
00:02:50

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

26
Il diluvio universale, Act III "Il diluvio": Ho pur vinto
00:03:00

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Fabian Schofrin, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

27
Il diluvio universale, Act IV "In l’arca di Noè": Placati Dio di bontà
00:01:45

Fernando Guimarães, MainArtist - Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Mariana Flores, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

28
Il diluvio universale, Act IV "In l’arca di Noè": Mio core festeggia
00:01:16

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

29
Il diluvio universale, Act IV "In l’arca di Noè": Cangia dolce mio Dio
00:01:02

Fernando Guimarães, MainArtist - Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

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30
Il diluvio universale, Act IV "In l’arca di Noè": Ecco l’Iride paciera
00:03:00

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

31
Il diluvio universale, Act IV "In l’arca di Noè": Or se tra sacre Olive
00:02:47

Michelangelo Falvetti, Composer - Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, MainArtist - Cappella Mediterranea, MainArtist - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, MainArtist - Vincenzo Giattini, Lyricist

Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay Centre culturel de rencontre d’Ambronay

Album Description

Leonardo García Alarcón's 2011 recording of Michelangelo Falvetti's 1682 oratorio Il Diluvio Universale is a reminder, if one were needed, that there are untold treasures of Baroque repertoire waiting to be discovered. The story of The Flood is told economically, but with enough peculiar diversions from the Biblical story to keep listeners on their toes about what's going to happen next. There are personifications of Divine Justice, Human Nature, Water, Fire, Land, and Death (a smugly self-satisfied character who sings a triumphant, gleeful little gigue once humanity has been wiped out). This is the first recording of any work by Falvetti and it's a knock-out. Having performers like Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterranea, and Choeur de Chambre de Namur in your corner perhaps gives any composer a hand up, but the exceptional quality of the score itself is also easy to discern. The work defies the conventions of its times and often astonishes with its originality and the richness of its inventiveness. Its many delightful quirks begin when Divine Justice, bringing charges against Mankind for its many failings, peremptorily breaks into the overture, bringing it to a grinding, premature halt. For all its strangeness, it's remarkably astute dramatically, and is typical of Falvetti's gift for odd but wonderfully apt musical gestures. Another moment: when the shrieking multitudes are being swept away by the deluge, they are engulfed mid-word, leaving silence except for the rushing of the wind. The score is also full of moments of breathtaking loveliness. Noah's duets with his wife, "Il Gran Dio di pieta," "Motor Divino," and "Placati Dio di bontà," sung radiantly by tenor Fernando Guimarães and soprano Mariana Flores, are as achingly poignant and sumptuous as anything out of Cavalli, perhaps even Monteverdi. Alarcón and his orchestral, choral, and vocal forces deliver virtuoso performances that quiver with musical vibrancy and dramatic conviction. The soloists are consistently superb; besides Guimarães and Flores, contralto Evelyn Ramirez Munoz and sopranos Magali Arnault and Caroline Weynants are standouts. Arnault delivers what can only be described as a jaw-dropping coloratura performance as Water in "Le nubi funeste," and then the choir joins in singing similar material with similar facility; it's simply astonishing. Complementing the standard instrumental ensemble, Iranian percussionist Keyvan Chemirani uses Arabic folk instruments that would have been familiar in countries around the Mediterranean basin to provide color and rhythmic energy. The sound of the Ambronay CD is clean, detailed, and warmly present. Il Diluvio Universale is a quirky piece and is not likely to supplant Messiah in popularity, but it deserves the attention of anyone who loves the byways of the Baroque and ought to leave scholars scurrying in search of other Falvetti scores. Highly recommended.
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