A Dream Came True - Il Combattimento in live with Rolando
Since I heard the Monteverdi CD for the first time, I expected the moment to hear 'Il Combattimento' in live with Rolando and, since the Monteverdi concert in Baden-Baden, to rehear, rehear and rehear in live 'Si dolce é'l tormento', 'Pur ti miro' and the other treasures.
With the 'Le Concert d'Astrée', we get the best Monteverdi, every beauty of his music, The musicians under the fabulous conducting of Emmanuelle Haim are able to show the utterly present-day and contemporary character of Monteverdi. With them, I have the feeling to be in Italy, to see Italian landscapes, fabulous cypresses, blue sky and to feel all the emotions of Italian people. I was captivated principally by the violoncello, the violine 1, the lirone, the laute. But all the musicians provide the perfect setting to enjoy the magic of the voices.
Between the Monteverdi pieces, we had two orchestral pieces by Dario Castello and an excerpt from Luigi Rossi's Orfeo. Good and challenging musics, but compared to Monteverdi, they seemed to me less inventive, although I liked the richest sounding of the orchestra and the attrative singing of Lenneke Ruiten.
Already in Baden-Baden, I liked the voices of Emiliano Gonzalez Toro and Lenneke Ruiten. This time as well, they were excellent. Toro has a great sense of humour, and with Rolando, they offered us hilarious moments in 'Tornate o cari baci'. .
From the very first moment of the first piece ('Interrotte speranza') to the last note of the second encore ('Pur ti miro'), the voice of Rolando was the pure magic. After so many prodigeous, gorgeous, stunning experiences, I am unable to find news expressions to characterize the endless and timeless beauty of his voice. How to describe the uncredible strong vocal presence in every moment? The wonderful sweetness in 'Si dolce é'l tormento'? The deep warmth in 'Pur ti miro'? The heartrending voice and the pwerful stage presence in 'Combattimento'? The radiant, brilliant moments in 'Eri giá tutta mia'?
The succes was huge. Rhythmic applause, bravos!
The three singers offered us 'Vi ricorda o boschi ambrosi" and, after the loud and long continued applauses, Rolando and Lenneke Ruiten sang once more 'Pur ti miro' which was - if it is possible - even more magnificent than the first one.
The evening finished with a Standing ovation!
Muchas gracias a Eleonore y Anne por su colaboración