Frottole, laude, canzone, dances, processional chants & sacred vocal polyphony.
"A hell on earth" Martin Luther is said to have called the city of Rome in connection with his pilgrimage there in 1511. Was he right? 500 years later Concerto Romano reconstruct a kind of 'soundtrack' of his stay with voices and instruments. Starting out from Roman music editions of the time, the repertoire of the city churches and works which were regarded as Appenine 'hits' of the time, which the guest from the North would not have forgotten so easily, Concerto Romano has been able to resurrect the sounds of the Holy City at the time of Luther's visit: the superior sound culture of the Catholic cathedrals and palaces, as well as the earthier sounds of the streets and alleys.
“This CD is a delightful and evocative fricassee of sacred and secular music, vocal and instrumental such as Luther would undoubtedly have experienced as he wove his way round the streets of the eternal city … a highly imaginative and refreshing recording” Early Music Review, December 2012