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Alessandro Melani: Mottetti ()

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Alessandro Melani was a Roman composer active in the second half of the 17th century. Perhaps Alessandro Scarlatti heard his music, but since then it has resided in the archives at the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. It was unearthed again by conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini, without any assist from musicological scholarship. The recording doesn't have the punch of Alessandrini's High Baroque or Monteverdi releases, but one can see why Melani's music appealed to him. The 10 motets and liturgical pieces recorded here have, in the words of annotator Luca della Libera (writing about the Magnificat and Salve regina settings of the period, including Melani's here, but equally applicable to the other pieces on the disc), "a mood of intense emotional participation amid a sound world quite foreign to the impersonal solemnity of so many compositions of the same period." The music is quiet; his four-part choral passages don't have the intensity of Monteverdi, and the aria-like passages like the one at the... Hide synopsis

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