Paolo Fresu: Si Dolce il Tormento


Si Dolce il Tormento


Paolo Fresu (trumpet)


Metamorfosi (BMG)

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Paolo Fresu (trumpet),

Antonello Salis (accordion), Nguyn L (guitar), Furio Di Castri (bass), Roberto Gatto (drums)


Composed by Claudio Monteverdi


Recorded: Rubiera, Italy, December 7-10, 1998


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The Monteverdi madrigal that Paolo Fresu tackles here was composed more than three centuries before any member of Fresu's Angel Quartet (plus 1 on this track) was born. This may lead the listener to meditate on the fact that Italian musicians definitely have their own treasure of melodies and have no problem dealing with it in whatever idiom. Indeed, when Monteverdi was alive none of the instruments played here existed in its actual form, except for the bass. Still, the vocal quality of Fresu's trumpet fits the melody so neatly that he hardly needs to improvise on it. L's guitar sound is obviously far from the baroque lute, but his playing is totally relevant to the emotional quality of the music. Behind them, the support that Di Castri and Gatto bring (the latter with subtle and highly melodic brushes) is just perfect, and Salis's accordion adds its voice in a most discreet manner. If this is the sweet (dolce) torment (tormento) that Monteverdi talked about in his title, let's pray that these "angels" may inflict it on us as long as possible. By all means!

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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