March 31, 2013 – 4:29 am

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Canti Della Passione In Sicilia 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Featuring Fratelli Mancuso, Memento Domini and Lamentatori di Marianopoli
Live at the Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna, Italy; June 9, 2012. Excellent FM recording.

And now, for something off the beaten path… and something for Easter.

Thanks to survivor69 for sharing the tracks at Dime. [This recording was kindly provided by Dimer Alifib - Thanks!]

Uploader’s notes:

it’s very difficult explaining in English what this music is like, as the words I will have to use are so “Italian”, as much as would be very debatable which category this would fit in.

Here is a project by Fratelli Mancuso specifically for the Ravenna Festival: the music featured is “Canto Devozionale Derivato Dal LamentoDi Cristo Sulla Croce”, roughly explained as “archaic Easter religious chants from the suffering of crucified Christ”… This music/singing, called “Lamentazione”, is typical from the provinces of Caltanissetta and Enna in Sicily, but is similar to Tenores di Bitti (Sardinia), their polyphonic vocal style, often described as a type of overtone singing (see for explanations, and quirky Gregorian chants, sung or in archaic Sicilian language or in vulgar Latin, sung not in churches but during “le processioni della settimana santa”, processions for Easter Holy Week.

This show sees alternating on stage with Fratelli Mancuso (and I also think occasionally together as in the last numbers) the collectives called “Memento Domini” di Mussomeli (a town near Caltanissetta, central Sicily) and Lamentatori di Marianopoli (again a town near Caltanissetta, and “Lamentatori” means “people who complain”). Tunes are mostly vocals-only, but the proper tracks from Mancuso feature instruments like harmonium, guitar and hurdygurdy. The show is introduced by an explanatory telephone interview, in Italian only, with the Mancuso, and this is marked as Track 00.

FM radio broadcast by “Il Cartellone - Radio Tre Suite”, Radio 3 RAI [third channel of Italian national radio].
(FM > Hard Disc > web)
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The original lossless flac files are available for download at Dime here.

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Track 00. Introduction and interview - in Italian [7.51] (13.2MB)
Track 01. Memento Domini (16.7MB)
- Lamentazione
- Pater
- Popule meus
- Diviserunt
- Memento Domine
- Mulier
Track 02. Fratelli Mancuso - Bella Maria (9.4MB)
Track 03. Fratelli Mancuso - Quannu la madunnuzza nutricava (6.7MB)
Track 04. Lamentatori di Marianopoli (13.5MB)
- Lamentazione
I. Maria passava nti na strata nova
II. O caru mastru
III. Giuda si nni pagà
Track 05. Fratelli Mancuso - Mi chiamu forsi (9.6MB)
Track 06. Memento Domini (10.8MB)
- Lamentazione
- Ecce Mater tua
- Tenebrae
- Elì
- Sumpto aceto
- Et inclinato
- Stabat Mater
Track 07. Fratelli Mancuso - Deus meus (10.2MB)
Track 08. Lamentatori di Marianopoli - Lamentazione V. Gesù iera a la cruci (9.4MB)
Track 09. Lamentatori di Marianopoli - Lamentazione IV. Giuda ci dissi (7.4MB)
Track 10. Outro (1.3MB)
Memento Domini
- Lamentazione [possibly then NOT included in this broadcast]
- Cuius anima gementem [possibly then NOT included in this broadcast]
Fratelli Mancuso - Lamentazione [possibly then NOT included in this broadcast]
55′45″ (without radio intro and outro)
64′21″ (with radio intro and outro)

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  2. Happy Easter Zappa fans. The 10 cd Mystery Box Set. Enjoy.

    The files are only up for 30 days grab em while you can.

    By Creatist on Mar 31, 2013

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    His early work in producing and engineering was with jazz artists, working on John Coltrane records and acting as engineer for the landmark Getz/Gilberto album in 1964, for which he won his first Grammy. He transitioned during the 1960s to working with folk-rock, pop-rock, and R&B acts such as Peter, Paul, and Mary, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Dylan, first primarily as an engineer, and later as a producer. The super-mega star you never heard about.

    By 4yrsnojob on Mar 31, 2013

  4. Creatist: WARNING there is a major virus attack - fake facebook offer - attached to that website, qualitybootz. I’m glad my antivirus blocked it. Too bad, would have loved to d/l the set. Perhaps someone may transition a copy from FLAC to MP3 for a certain “big” website I know of…hint hint…Glad you got a set of it, Creatist…hmmm…

    By 4yrsnojob on Mar 31, 2013

  5. 4yrs. Just checked it again and my links are Ok. Try again later perhaps.

    By Creatist on Mar 31, 2013

  6. Has anyone tried this link for the Zappa box, and is it virus free? Thanks!

    By Mark E on Apr 1, 2013

  7. Creatist, The first time I went there to check it out, there was an offer presented, but no virus. But when I went back in later, a different offer was made, so I think that was the one with the virus. Hopefully, they’re cleaned it off. Thanks.

    By 5yrsnojob on Apr 1, 2013

  8. Hi 5yrs. is “happy anniversary inappropriate?

    whatever - hang in there :)

    By Tony on Apr 1, 2013

  9. 5yrs, Glad you sorted out the links. It seems like yesterday you were a puppy of 2yrs. I’ve been off line for some time. I rarely visit here as the atmosphere of the comments does not suite my tastes. However if you like the Beatles. P.S.BeatleBlog has started to repost again. As for the Zappa box set I’ve downloaded from Filepost many times with not problems. Free access is for 30 days according to the site.

    By Creatist on Apr 1, 2013

  10. Tony, since the drunk hit me 1 yr ago, Ive only had one good shoulder to hang in with, but I just might get that surgery yet. Keeping my eyes crossed. ( *)(* )

    By 5yrsnojob on Apr 2, 2013

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