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Camerata Mediolanense - Atalanta Fugiens CD Digisleeve

14.06.2024 Item #: AB 127 Auerbach

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CAMERATA MEDIOLANENSE are one of these extremely rare musical gems that are hard to categorise. The Italians defy all expectations and transcend the usual conventions about formats, style, and how to generally compose and perform music. With the sixth studio album "Atalanta Fugiens" ("Atalanta Fleeing"), CAMERATA MEDIOLANENSE return to what might be dubbed their 'classic style', which means a strong set of percussion from the rhythm section with light touches of the keyboards achieving a perfect balance with the soaring melodies performed by all vocalists consisting of the wonderful sopranos Carmen, Chiara, and Desirée in the lead as well as harmonious choirs. The Italian ensemble's often rather martial rhythms are accompanied by high-impact melodies built on ancient scales. Two harpsichords, bass viola, and the recurring presence of disturbing sounds, the unconventional manipulation of reverb and delay as well as the use of noise, all aim to create a sound that touches both the heavenly and the infernal. It goes without saying that such carefully crafted music with a strong vocal focus is perfectly reflected in fascinating and well-researched lyrics. The album title "Atalanta Fugiens" refers to an eponymous volume that was released at the beginning of the early modern period in 1617. Written by the German physician and alchemist Michael Maier, this emblem book contains 50 discourses with illustrations by Matthias Merian, each of which is accompanied by an epigrammatic verse, prose, and a musical fugue. After studying the enigmatic book for more than ten years, CAMERATA MEDIOLANENSE composed entirely new music for a selection of emblems starting with the first and ending with the last. CAMERATA MEDIOLANENSE were established in Milan, Italy in 1994 as an ensemble, which also gave the band their name as it literally means a 'group of chamber musicians from Milan' – using the ancient Latin name of the city. As a primus inter pares, classically educated composer Elena Previdi has always written most of the music. Not all members of the ensemble come from a classical background. Mostly post-punk, wave, and even traditional music have also played an important part in the band's musical DNA. Over the last three decades, CAMERATA MEDIOLANENSE have built an impressive reputation for highly original albums and outstanding concerts that attract connoisseurs and music lovers from widely different scenes. Often viewed as an amalgamation of neo classic and dark wave, the Italians span a much wider range of styles and forms of expression. With "Atalanta Fugiens", CAMERATA MEDIOLANENSE carry the immense weight and strength of 30 years of creating a unique musical experience way up high to a new shining pinnacle.

01. Embryo Ventosa
02. Rosetum
03. Rupe Cava
04. Corallus
05. Hermaphroditus
06. Victor Quadrupedum
07. Mercurius
08. Arpie
09. Draco
10. Alta Venenoso

Bonus tracks (artbook only)
01. Follia Del Mondo
02. Hic Leo
03. Ripresa Hermaphroditus
04. Alta Venenoso II

4-Page Digisleeve CD with 16 pages booklet

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