Sicily, a crossroads of cultures. Where North Africa meets Europe in a Byzantine inn. Couscous on the table and pasta on the stove. A land of sunglasses and murdered magistrates. And since Leonardo Garcia Alarcón played the detective in monasteries and churches there, it has also been a treasure trove full of often unknown but always compelling music. Think of Falvetti’s ‘Il diluvio universale’, of which he gave a stunning and exciting performance two seasons ago. Now he’s back again, with requiem masses from Palermo and Syracuse.
It is music in which Monteverdi’s innovations wallow in southern exuberance. You can once again expect highly individual performances that do full justice to this cultural melting pot. No dissonant remains unilluminated, and every moment of intimacy and emotion comes fully to the fore. No Iranian percussion or Armenian flutes this time, but with one of the best choirs in the world. Intense emotion enveloped in polyphonic clarity.
Septembre musical de l’Orne , Sées (Cathédrale) (FR)
De Singel, Antwerp (BE)
Miniemen Church, Brussels (BE)