The Madrigals of Alessandro Scarlatti: A lecture/recital by Garrick Comeaux and Consortium Carissimi, with Kelley Harness, February 12, 2009
This performance is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 57.4 MB).
A performance by Consortium Carissimi of six madrigals by Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), with discussion by Kelley Harness.
O selce, o tigre, o ninfa
Arsi un tempo
Mori, mi dici
Sdegno la fiamma
Carrie Henneman Shaw, Soprano
Andrea Leap, Soprano, Alto
William Pederson, Alto, Tenor
Steve Staruch, Tenor
Garrick Comeaux, Bass and Direction
Gail Olszewski, Harpsichord
Garrick Comeaux is the founder of Consortium Carissimi, a group created in 1996 with the intent of uncovering and bringing to modern-day ears the long forgotten ltalian-Roman music of the 16th and especially the 17th century. They primarily consist of male vocalists accompanied by original instruments which range from theorbo, arcilute, harpsichord, organ, several viola da gambas and dulciana. With a profound interest in sacred music, in particular the Motets and Oratories, Consortium Carissimi recreates at each concert event, an atmosphere in which the listener is involved completely in the content of the texts. They do their own transcriptions (of both sacred and secular music) from library manuscripts or early printed editions, consequently much of this music that hasn’t been played and heard in hundreds of years.
Kelley Harness is a professor of Musicology at the University of Minnesota. Her recent scholarly work concentrates on the interrelationships between music, theatrical imagery, and politics in 16th- and 17th-century Italy. Her work relies on musical analysis to reveal a composition’s allegorical messages and combines archival research and interpretive models from literary criticism, art history, and anthropology; her teaching reflects this interdisciplinary approach.