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Palmeri: Magnificat / Litowska, Capella Bydgostiensis, Astrolabium Choir

Release Date: 06/30/2017 
Label:  Dux Records   Catalog #: 1343  
Composer:  Martin Palmeri
Performer:  Aleksandra TuralskaMario Stefano PietrodarchiAgata SchmidtMartin Palmeri
Conductor:  Kinga Litowska
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella BydgostiensisAstrolabium Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Martín Palmeri began to work on the Magnificat dedicated to mixed choir, soprano and mezzo-soprano solo, string orchestra, bandoneon, and piano in 2010. He was guided by an idea to create a piece, which would be stylistically and emotionally close to the Misa a Buenos Aires – Misatango, yet much more difficult for the performers, and more sophisticated as far as the rhythm and polyphony are concerned. The composition was ended in 2012 and its world premiere took place in Milan. The source of the text of the Magnificat is the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55). The evangelist consciously combines three pictures into a triptych: Annunciation, Visitation, and the Marian Magnificat. The Humble Servant is chosen for the Mother of the Son of God. Read more She starts a journey to visit her relative, Elizabeth, who will soon become mother of John the Baptist. Elizabeth greets Mary and She answers her with words of a canticle praising God. While Palmeri was composing the Magnificat, he was drawing inspiration from the Argentinian tango nuevo popularized in the greatest extent by Astor Piazzolla, who modernized the traditional Argentinian tango and enriched it with elements of jazz and Argentinian folklore; however, the references to the tango in the Magnificat do not concern only the orchestral layer of the piece. Despite the fact that the basic carrier of the tango’s idiom are the bandoneon and the orchestra, its element also crosses the vocal layer of the piece, as it is also the solo voices and choir that abound in the tango rhythms. The bandoneon in Palmeri’s music changes its facets as a chameleon: once it rhythmically energizes the sound layer, the other time it limits itself to highlight the accents occurring on particularly important words, and sometimes it accompanies the solo voices duo, subtly surrounding their narration. Read less

Works on This Recording

Magnificat by Martin Palmeri
Performer:  Aleksandra Turalska (Soprano), Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (Bandoneon), Agata Schmidt (Mezzo Soprano),
Martin Palmeri (Piano)
Conductor:  Kinga Litowska
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Bydgostiensis,  Astrolabium Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012; Argentina 

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