This album publishes for the first time inedited passion cantatas of the benedictine convent “San Lorenzo” in San Severo (Puglia, Italy), played on an original salterio (Michele Barbi, Rome, 1725). The “Lamentaziones” were composed by reknown neapolitan opera composers of the second half of the 18th century, and they were commissioned as well as performed by the nuns themselves. Obviously, the nuns were gifted with high skills in music performance, as these compositions for soprano, salterio and basso continuo are highly virtuous. This album was awarded the “Pasticcio-Price” of Ö1.
On this CD, original Italian salterio music from northern to southern Italy was recorded for the first time using both playing techniques (pizzicato and battuto) in equal measure, moreover while played upon using the first faithful replicas of Italian salterio mallets worldwide. It includes salterio music from the Ospedale della Pietà (Venice), a cantata by Giovanni Battista Martini (Bologna), the Sinfonia for salterio by Florido Ubaldi (Rome), another cantata by Girolamo Rossi (Naples) and finally a Sonata for salterio by Vito Ugolino (Naples).