Tre motetti sacri
Budapest Scoring Symphony Orchestra
Release DateFebruary 26, 2018
Scored for tenor and orchestra, this is the premiere recording performed by tenor Hassan Anami with the Budapest Scoring Symphony Orchestra, Tánya Bonyiszlavszkij solo violin, conducted by Dániel Dinyés. Composed in 2014 by Giacomo Cataldo the piece is a setting of Giosuè Carducci's poem of the same name.
The poem Nevicata was written in 1881 and forms a part of Carducci's collection Odi barbare. The landscape depicted is a reflection of the poet's state of mind, which is then expressed more explicitly in the second half of the poem. Self reflective, the focus on themes of death and departed friends was almost certainly influenced by the recent death of "Lidia". This is the pseudonym Carducci gave to Cristina Cristofori Piva with whom he had a passionate affair in the 1870s. She was his muse in this period, the figure of Lidia appears throughout the collection of poems, though she is not alluded to directly in Nevicata itself.
The musical setting flows with the sombre yet passionate verses, so very reflective of the poet's indomitable spirit.
This world premiere recording was produced in 2015. Additionally, the piece was produced as a video which received its premiere screening at the Mill Hill Playhouse (Trenton, NJ, USA) as part of the 2016 Trenton Film Festival. It was subsequently screened again at the Republic Gallery (London, UK) as part of the 2016 Everyday Arias festival. It is now available for viewing on Youtube.