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Misterio - Ritual Music For An Uncertain Age

Spontini / Berlioz / Ciannella / Clementi
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9267   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gasparo SpontiniHector BerliozMarco CiannellaMuzio Clementi,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A society whose origins date back to the late-16th century, freemasonry has always viewed music as a powerful tool for communicating its fundamental message: to encourage a moral and ethical approach to life. While Mozart is undoubtedly the most famous composer associated with the movement, this engaging CD reveals some of the many others who were involved or whose work conforms to the society's ideologies.

This collection begins with a world premiere recording on period instruments of two works by the Italian opera composer and conductor Spontini. As well as featuring various unpublished compositions by the contemporary Marco Ciannella, such as his Suite for flute and piano, the collection also explores Clementi's little-known
Read more Symphony in B flat before visiting Puccini's Crisantemi (a single, dark-hued elegy originally written for string quartet) and Sibelius' Andante festivo -- the composer's most apparently religious statement, full-throated and hymn-like in sound.

Although comprising highly varied music that reveals the diversity of styles embraced by freemasonry, this collection is also striking for its pervading sense of beauty -- a beauty that is the essence of the society's 'column of harmony'. A charming assortment of carefully selected works that gives equal standing to the famous and less well-known.

Other information:
- As many composers had affinities to the Freemasonry, this CD presents a fascinating journey through the works of some well-known and lesser-known composers: Berlioz, Spontini, Clementi, Puccini, Sibelius, Ciannella and Barbarossa.
- New recording made in 2010, on period instruments by the Accademia Barocca Dorica, and the Ensemble de Cordoba.
- Includes booklet notes in English and Italian. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Notturno concertato by Gasparo Spontini
2. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Trio by Hector Berlioz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
3. Suite for Flute and Piano by Marco Ciannella
4. Symphonies (2), Op. 18: no 1 in B flat major by Muzio Clementi
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; London, England 
5. La musica del tramonto by Antonella Barbarossa
6. Crisantemi "Elegy" by Giacomo Puccini
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1890; Italy 
7. Misterio I by Marco Ciannella
8. Misterio II by Marco Ciannella
9. Misterio III by Marco Ciannella
10. Musica rituale 1 by Marco Ciannella
11. Musica rituale 2 by Marco Ciannella
12. Andante festivo for Strings and Timpani by Jean Sibelius
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 

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