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Silvia Colasanti
1975 -
S. Colasanti
Silvia Colasanti (08/03/1975), a female Italian composer, born in Rome, she studies at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Her works are now played in the most important concert halls around the world. The collaboration with great music interpreters of our time – such as Vladimir Jurowski, Yuri Bashmet, Salvatore Accardo, David Geringas, Nathalie Dessay, Massimo Quarta, Enrico Bronzi – has a great importance in the building of her poetic, between “earthly” passion for sound, lyrism and great variety of registers. She has written for the music theatre Orfeo. Flebile queritur lyra, staged by Maddalena Crippa, L’angelo del Liponard. Un delirio amoroso, by Sandro Lombardi, Faust. Tragedia soggettiva in musica on a text by F. Pessoa, commissioned and staged by the Accademia Chigiana, starring Ferdinando Bruni and directed by Francesco Frongia. La Metamorfosi, based on Franz Kafka’s novel and directed by Pier Luigi Pier’Alli, her first opera, was commissioned in 2012 by Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Her collaboration with Mariangela Gualtieri was inaugurated in Dal paese dei rami, a musical rite for voce and ensemble (RAI Orchestra). She has debuted at Festival dei 2Mondi di Spoleto in 2016, with Tre Risvegli, on texts by Patrizia Cavalli, direction by Mario Martone, starring Alba Rohrwacher. Her latest work, Le imperdonabili, inspired by the story of Etty Hillesum on texts by Guido Barbieri, directed by Alessio Pizzech, has debuted in 2017. In 2013 she wins the European Composer Award in Berlin Konzerthaus, and she is appointed “Cavaliere della Repubblica” by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. In 2017, she is appointed “Ufficiale della Repubblica” by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Period:21st century
Composed in:2017
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass + texts by Mariangela Gualtieri (1951)
In memory of:the victims of the earthquake in central Italy in 2016
Label(s):Dynamic CDS 7807
This Requiem contains:
01. Requiem Aeternam 7:38
02. Alle piccole e grandi ombre 5:56
03. Dies Irae 7:09
04. Se come dici appare 2:14
05. Quid Sum Miser 8:29
06. Questo Re tremendo e maestoso 2:57
07. Lacrimosa 3:14
08. Perdonate 5:23
09. Lux Aeterna 8:59

♫ 01. Requiem Aeternam
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♫ 02. Alle piccole e grandi ombre
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♫ 03. Dies Irae
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♫ 04. Se come dici appare
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♫ 05. Quid Sum Miser
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♫ 06. Questo Re tremendo e maestoso
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♫ 07. Lacrimosa
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♫ 08. Perdonate
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♫ 09. Lux Aeterna
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Silvia Colasanti’s Requiem for soloists, choir and orchestra is dedicated to the victims of the 2016 earthquake in central Italy. Latin Requiem Mass texts are complemented by new texts, specially written by the poet Mariangela Gualtieri. The work is a chant of farewell to the dead, to their small and large shadows, the rejection of a mournful idea of death and of an angry, judging, authoritarian and punitive God. But it is also a song of hope and thanksgiving. Reflecting the composer’s affinity for stage works, the Requiem has an oratorio structure with various characters: a reciting voice impersonates 'the doubter', the most unorthodox element with regard to historical and common rhetoric; a 'chorus of the undoubting' represents the archetypal religious approach; a solo female voice interprets the 'heart burnt to ashes', an embodiment of suffering; and there is a solo bandoneon to personify 'a desire of Rebirth', which is a request for the redemption from our human insignificance and a song of thanksgiving to the earth and the sky, a combination of the secular rite of music and poetry with the traits of compassion, ardour and sweetness.
Colasanti's Requiem “They Shall Clasp a Comet in Their Fists” for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra was written in memory of the victims of the earthquake in central Italy in 2016, which killed 300, injured many more, and displaced thousands. In the tradition of many modern requiems written to illuminate a particular message, this work interpolates other material into settings of sections of the Latin Missa pro defunctis. The canonical text is assigned to the choir and orchestra, and forms a fine, not especially unconventional Requiem setting, largely tonal though with some modern discordant harmony, hints of early church music here and there and a recurring effect of the rattling of stones which eerily suggests subsiding earth and rubble in the aftermath of the catastrophe. Dovetailed into the Mass are the fragile, lamenting poetic texts of Mariangela Gualtieri, delivered by the poet against a restrained, intimate instrumental accompaniment. An emotionally powerful and moving work, perfectly calibrated to its subject matter and eloquent in its progression from mourning to radiant consolation. Mariangela Gualtieri (reciter), Monica Bacelli (mezzo), Massimiliano Pitocco (bandoneon), Ensemble Vocale Continuum, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento; Maxime Pascal.
Mariangela Gualtieri (1951) is an Italian poet and writer.
Mariangela Gualtieri