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Emiliano Gonzalez Toro|Soleil noir - Francesco Rasi

Soleil noir - Francesco Rasi

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Ensemble I Gemelli, Louise Pierrard, Thomas Dunford, Flora Papadopoulos

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Composer, poet and virtuoso singer, Francesco Rasi (1574-1621) unquestionably influenced the vocal style around the dawn of the 17th century and the birth of opera. He created the title role in Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo; and in the shady ambiguity of his personal character he seems to embody the chiaroscuro atmosphere of late Renaissance Italy. This programme, devised by Emiliano Gonzalez Toro and his ensemble I Gemelli – here in its most intimate, pared-down line-up of solo voice, viola da gamba, lute and harp – displays the art of the tenor at the fruitful period of the canto fiorito, the ornately decorated melody so emblematic of the vocal school of Florence and Ferrara.

"This recording reflects his musical surroundings, whatever he sang or was closely involved in", explains Emiliano Gonzalez Toro. "Soleil noir" brings together the great Italian composers of the period: Caccini, Da Gagliano, Del Biado, D’India, Falconieri, Gesualdo, Monteverdi and Peri. The melodies penned by Rasi are ones he actually sang, accompanying himself on the lute or the harp, and some of their poetic verses are his own too. The artist’s detailed research into the text aims to focus attention on the poetry rather than the instrumental line-up: and thanks also to Emiliano Gonzalez Toro’s flexible range of many-coloured vocal nuances, the singer is once again at the very heart of the music, as he was at that period: ‘the wellspring of all the inflections, tempi and instructions in the continuo part’, and he reveals a world of shafts of light reaching out beyond the darkness. © naive classique

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Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

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1
Indarno Febo (Il pianto d'Orfeo)
00:02:06

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Gabriello Chiabrera, Lyricist - Francesco Rasi, Composer - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

2
Filli mia, filli dolce
00:01:32

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Francesco Rasi, Composer - Giovanbattista Strozzi, Lyricist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

3
La Mantovana: Fuggi, fuggi da questo cielo
00:03:07

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Giuseppino del Biado, Composer, Lyricist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

4
La Dafne: Lamento d’Apollo
00:06:21

Marco Da Gagliano , Composer - Ottavio Rinuccini, Lyricist - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

5
Amarilli, mia bella
00:02:46

Giulio Caccini, Composer - Giovanni Battista Guarini, Lyricist - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

6
Le varie musiche: No. 17, Un di soletto
00:02:52

Jacopo Peri, Composer - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Gabriello Chiabrera, Lyricist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

7
Passamezzo (Improvisation)
00:02:52

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Thomas Dunford, Composer - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

8
Ardo, ma non ardisco
00:04:18

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Francesco Rasi, Composer - Giovanni Battista Marino, Lyricist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

9
Messagier di speranza
00:02:19

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Gabriello Chiabrera, Lyricist - Francesco Rasi, Composer - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

10
La suave melodia
00:02:22

Andrea Falconieri, Composer - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

11
O che felice giorno
00:03:30

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Francesco Rasi, Composer, Lyricist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

12
Gagliarda del Principe di Venosa
00:02:46

Carlo Gesualdo, Composer - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

13
Dalla porta d'Oriente
00:03:19

Giulio Caccini, Composer - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Maria Menadori, Lyricist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

14
Amico, hai vinto
00:04:42

Sigismondo D'India, Composer - Torquato Tasso, Lyricist - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

15
Scherzi musicali, SV 247: No. 2, Quel sguardo sdegnosetto
00:02:03

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer, Lyricist - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

16
O pura, o chiara stella
00:02:39

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Francesco Rasi, Composer, Lyricist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

17
E vivere e morire
00:02:01

Andrea Falconieri, Composer, Lyricist - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Soloist, MainArtist - Ensemble I Gemelli, Orchestra, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Amis de l'ensemble I Gemelli

Album review

Composer, poet and virtuoso singer, Francesco Rasi (1574-1621) unquestionably influenced the vocal style around the dawn of the 17th century and the birth of opera. He created the title role in Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo; and in the shady ambiguity of his personal character he seems to embody the chiaroscuro atmosphere of late Renaissance Italy. This programme, devised by Emiliano Gonzalez Toro and his ensemble I Gemelli – here in its most intimate, pared-down line-up of solo voice, viola da gamba, lute and harp – displays the art of the tenor at the fruitful period of the canto fiorito, the ornately decorated melody so emblematic of the vocal school of Florence and Ferrara.

"This recording reflects his musical surroundings, whatever he sang or was closely involved in", explains Emiliano Gonzalez Toro. "Soleil noir" brings together the great Italian composers of the period: Caccini, Da Gagliano, Del Biado, D’India, Falconieri, Gesualdo, Monteverdi and Peri. The melodies penned by Rasi are ones he actually sang, accompanying himself on the lute or the harp, and some of their poetic verses are his own too. The artist’s detailed research into the text aims to focus attention on the poetry rather than the instrumental line-up: and thanks also to Emiliano Gonzalez Toro’s flexible range of many-coloured vocal nuances, the singer is once again at the very heart of the music, as he was at that period: ‘the wellspring of all the inflections, tempi and instructions in the continuo part’, and he reveals a world of shafts of light reaching out beyond the darkness. © naive classique

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