By Adriana Vendittelli, Antonio Giovannini, Dario Paolini, Ensemble Akathistos, Francesco Carnelutti, Paolo Lopez, Radu Marian, Roberto Caravella, Simonpietro Cussino, and Valerio Losito. By Anonymus XVII century century II, Domenico Zipoli, Francesco Da Milano, Francesco Soriano, Francisco Fernandez Palero, Franz von Biber, Gregoriano, Johann Sebastian Bach, Pablo Bruna, and Roberto Caravella. Classical. CD. Naxos #IIIMIL 0254. Published by Naxos (NX.IIIMIL-0254).
In the devotional Christian practice, the worship for the Virgin Mary is the youngest. The little crown of pink wooden beads has been introduced in the West at the Age of Crusades, and since then it has become a symbolic and tangible object with a very strong mystical power. It is curious that the words Corona (Crown) and Koran seem to quarrel linguistically on the common etymological root, but in the end they rejoin together on the road of Memory, in the deepest sense of the term. Traditional historians supported the eastern origin of this kind of prayers, anyway St. Domenico of Guzman introduced the meditated recitation of the Holy Rosary and divulged it with his first groups of friars. The Rosary becomes Memory and at the same time evocation and tangibility. It becomes Word, Rhythm and Music, which is directed to the practice of ascesis. The intent of the work is to vivify the devotional practice through the connection between Music, Singing and Word, melted in an ancestral rhythm. Besides being a practical support to prayer, it is also an "object" of art which carries on the thin thread of memory the invitation to be brought deeply in contact with the heart of the Chosen Woman, the Goddess-Woman, the Divine Mirror, the hiatus which blends Heaven and Earth. Several artists participated to this project: the famous actor Francesco Carnelutti, the reciting voice of the Rosary Mysteries in Latin; the composer Roberto Caravella who proposes three touching meditations for solo voices, viola d'Amore, violoncello concertante, strings and organ. Beside them, there are other composers of the musical-historical landscape.