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Il Diluvio Universale

A lost seventeenth century Italian "dialogue" is found and brought to life!

Noah After the Flood

Photo: FreeChristImages.org

From a late sixteenth-century depiction of Noah after the flood by Francesco Bassano.

Noah’s flood has inspired many composers over the centuries. One such work, lost for three centuries, has been revived in a recording from 2011 for Harmonia Mundi.

Michelangelo Falvetti lived from 1642 until 1692.  He was appointed maestro di cappella of the cathedral in Messina in 1682, the same year that his composition Il diluvio universal was first performed. Described by its composer as a “dialogue for five voices and five instruments,” the Prologue features the voices of Divine Justice and the four elements – earth air, fire and water – and the dialogue proper calls for five characters – Noah, his wife, God, Death and Human Nature, and a chorus, often in five parts, that plays a leading role.

These performers, directed by the young Argentinian conductor Leonardo Garcia Alarcón, are the Cappella Mediterranea and the Namur Chamber Choir.

Ecco l'Iride paciera, Sinfonia di tempeste
Capella Mediterranea, Namur Chamber Choir — Michelangelo Falvetti, Il diluvio universale (Ambronay, 2011)
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Ecco l'Iride paciera, Sinfonia di tempeste
Capella Mediterranea, Namur Chamber Choir — Michelangelo Falvetti, Il diluvio universale (Ambronay, 2011)
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Wendy Gillespie

Wendy Gillespie is Professor of Music, teaching early bowed strings and performance studies, at the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN and President of the VdGSA. As a viola da gamba player, she has made more than 80 CDs and performed on five continents.

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  • Kittybriton KB

    For some reason I couldn’t help associating the title of this broadcast with Durer’s painting of his dream of 1525.

  • http://twitter.com/InfoEarly Early Music World

    Unfortunately this recording has been dishonestly hyped. It is performed in a grossly inflated version with a large orchestra, choir and totally spurious middle-eastern instruments when it is in fact a chamber work designed only for a small group of strings and solo singers. You will get no hint of this if you buy the disc.

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