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CONSORTIUM CARISSIMI

Consortium Carissimi was founded in Rome in 1996 and continues to uncover and bring to modern audiences the long forgotten music of the early Roman Baroque or Scuola Romana period. In order best to underscore the vocal character of each singer and maintain a historically informed-musical picture, which is our rule for Consortium Carissimi performances, we chose a performance pitch of 415 hertz for this recording. In the light of the variable instrumental tuning in seventeenth-century Rome, which was classified into two diverse categories (the vocal category was usually one whole step lower than today) we believe we have adhered to the performance practice of that time and to have maintained unaltered the beauty and the stylistic subtleties of these compositions. At each performance given by Consortium Carissimi, especially of motets and oratories, an atmosphere is created in which the listener is completely immersed in the content of the texts. Made up of gifted singers and instrumentalists, Consortium Concerts and Workshops have received much praise and acclaim from the critics, the public and students. We are gratefully indebted to D. Ugo Onorati for his continued help in keeping us up to date with his research into the lives of both Carissimi and his colleague Bonifazio Graziani. www.consortiumcarissimi.org

For more information, please visit www.consortiumcarissimi.org.

Consortium Carissimi
Photo: William Cunningham

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