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Alessandro Moreschi - The Last Castrato


Release Date: 01/21/1993 
Label:  Pearl   Catalog #: 9823   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Pratesi,Francesco Paolo TostiSalvatore MeluzziJ. Gustav Eduard Stehle,   ... 
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alessandro Moreschi (1858 – 1922) is the only castrato known to have been recorded as the practice of castration of boy sopranos to create a powerfully distinctive soprano voice had greatly diminished by the mid-19th century. Moreschi was 44 when he first recorded these selections with a pianist in the Vatican in 1902. His non-operatic style of singing adapts features unusual to modern ears as his abilities were specialized to the performance practices shaped by the acoustics in the Sistine Chapel. This disc offers a rare glimpse not only of the silvery sound of an actual castrati but also how such voices sang the sacred repertoire. The disc also contains Pope Leo XIII chanting an "Ave Maria." Alessandro Moreschi (1858 – 1922) is the only castrato known to have been recorded as the practice of castration of boy sopranos to create a powerfully distinctive soprano voice had greatly diminished by the mid-19th century. Moreschi was 44 when he first recorded these selections with a pianist in the Vatican in 1902. His non-operatic style of singing adapts features unusual to modern ears as his abilities were specialized to the performance practices shaped by the acoustics in the Sistine Chapel. This disc offers a rare glimpse not only of the silvery sound of an actual castrati but also how such voices sang the sacred repertoire. The disc also contains Pope Leo XIII chanting an "Ave Maria." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Et incarnatus est by Pratesi,
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Language: Latin 
2.
Romanze (2): no 1, Ideale by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1882 
3.
Preghiera by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
4.
Ave verum by Salvatore Meluzzi
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Language: Latin 
5.
Tui sunt coeli by J. Gustav Eduard Stehle
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Romantic 
Language: Latin 
6.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Language: Latin 
7.
Pie Jesu by Leibach,
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Language: Latin 
8.
Hostias et preces by Terziani,
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Language: Latin 
9.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
10.
Laudamus te by Gaetano Capocci
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Romantic 
Language: Latin 
11.
La cruda mia nemica by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1586; Italy 
Language: Latin 
12.
Oremus pro pontifice by E. Calzanera
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Written: Romania 
Language: Latin 
13.
Incipit lamentatio by Anonymous
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
14.
Domine salvum fac by Giovanni Aldega
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Language: Latin 
15.
Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: Tenebrae Responsories - Popule meus by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Spain 
16.
Petite Messe solennelle: Crucifixus by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Italy 
Notes: Two recordings of this work are on this album. 

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