Carmina Burana: the memoirs of a medieval Abbott
Firenze, Biblioteca Laurenziana, Palatino 87 (Squarcialupi)
Mimmo Cuticchio and La Reverdie
Born from a collaboration with the Sicilian puppeteer and storyteller Mimmo Cuticchio and the well-known Italian ensemble La Reverdie, this unique program is presented in the form of a concert dedicated to the figure of Charlemagne and given with the presence of a reader.
The syncopated rhythm of the "Cunto" ("tale": recitation of traditional spoken Italian texts) sets the tone for the declamatory performance which Mimmo Cuticchio has brought to public squares and theaters throughout the world: with a stomp on the stage, an imperious gesture with a sword inherited from one-time master Pippo Celano, the commanding voice of Cuticchio declaims and recites the ancient tales of chivalry, of Orlando Furioso, the Crusades, which were told for centuries along the roads of Europe, weaving a colorful fabric of stories from the austere and ancient formulas of oral tradition.
In an intricate contrapuntal interplay, the musical performances of La Reverdie comment and mirror the dramatic narrative of the "cunto" and create a rich, subtle and fascinating construct of word and sound, thanks to the use of rare period instruments, refined vocal techniques and careful reconstruction of the original musical sources.
An elaborate and sumptuous "Theatre of Memory" in which the dialogue between the spoken word of ancient legends and the musical treasures of the Middle Ages are once again reunited, in the spirit of an epoch in which the verb "to remember" (in Latin: recordare) truly meant "to bring back to the heart".
Review of the concert in Rome on the 8th of November 2012