Quia Amore Langueo
Motets and Dramatic Scenes Composed in the Spirit of Early 17th Century Italian Music
Quia Amore Langueo continues the idea behind the Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi Fratelli of composing new music in the historical musical language of the early Italian Baroque. While Giuseppe tells a biblical story in a manner similar to that of the first operas, this collection presents motets inspired by the more intimate and amorous madrigal genre as well as two pieces in the dramatic style of the genere rappresentativo. The motets set texts from the Song of Songs, while the dramatic scenes depict the dark love tales of Amnon & Tamar (Samuel II), and Samson & Delilah (Judges).
Canto secondo – David Feldman
Alto – Lior Leibovici
Tenor – Dan Dunkelblum
Bass, Cembalo & musical direction – Elam Rotem
Violin – Katya Polin, Katia Viel
Cornett – Nathaniel Cox
Chitarrone, Baroque guitar – Ori Harmelin
Viola da gamba, Chitarrone – Ryosuke Sakamoto
Viola da gamba – Giovanna Baviera
Violone, lirone – Elizabeth Rumsey
Organ – Aki Noda
Recording producer: Oren Kirschenbaum
PAN CLASSICS, May 2015 (PC10321)
“He [Rotem] has not only mastered the technique of the music he studies and performs, he has also entered fully into its spirit ... These two new releases [Rappresentatione di Giuseppe and Quia Amore Langueo] demonstrate how intensely dramatic and sensuous the musical results can be ... Both in the Biblical texts and in Rotem’s settings, there is a sense of unflinching honesty. This is not to deny the music’s rich beauty – there are some ravishingly sensuous passages. But the dramatic peaks pack a considerable punch, intensified by the performers’ complete identification with text and music alike... Rotem thus reveals the continued dramatic and moral relevance of Biblical narrative and stile rappresentativo alike, through compositions permeated by a sense of vitality, dramatic bite and sensuous beauty. Whatever its historical roots, his is an exciting new voice. Let us hope it will continue to engage and enthrall listeners for years to come.”
- Toccata alte musik aktuell, Robert Strobl (78/2015)
"Profeti della Quinta and Elam Rotem have created something both new and old: Very coherent, very intensive, and above all very convincing!"
- Haaretz, Hagai Hitron, 26.1.2015
- El arte de la fuga, Eduardo Torrico, 19.12.2015
" ...Rotem's work, forged by the iron discipline of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, can only be regarded as formidable. ... The question posed by some music lovers, whether it makes sense to compose nowadays in the baroque style, is perfectly answered after listening to this CD. ... Those who have ever heard Profeti della Quinta can attest to their exquisite way of making music. ... [the ensemble] displays absolute maturity in this recording."