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Moreschi: The Angel of Rome
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In his own lifetime Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922) came to be known as the 'Angel of Rome,' he was one of the last surviving castrato singers of the Vatican choir, and the only one of the castrati whose voice survives in any recording. The ethereal, haunting quality of his voice hints at why this extraordinary sound was so highly prized for centuries in the papal basilicas and opera houses of Europe.The tradition became established in Italy in the 16th century when Pope Clement VIII gave it his sanction. By the 17th century the castrati had moved onto the secular operatic stage, where they were feted as the 'pop stars' of their day. Few 'normal' singers male or female, came close to matching their fame and success. But, by the 19th century their continued existence had become an embarrassment, and when Moreschi joined the Sistine Chapel in 1883, there were only six castrati left in the choir, and by 1903 they were officially no more.The strange and lonely life of Alessandro Moreschi was lived in the shadows of great events and great institutions, his personality glimpsed only by inference and illusion. Written by an acclaimed musicologist, who as a counter-tenor has performed much of the repertoire written for castrati, this is a perceptive and informed study of the last survivor of a perennially intriguing part of western cultural history.This is a unique biography about a subject which continues to fascinate both amateur music lovers and expert musicologists alike. It provides widespread broadsheet review coverage. Nicholas Clapton made an acclaimed documentary for BBC4 on the castrati voice in 2006.
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Throughout his 20-year career as a counter-tenor, Nicholas Clapton has been particularly involved in performing the virtuoso repertoire of the castrati. A professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music, this biography of Moreschi, who he has already played on stage, is his first book.

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'... In an immaculately produced and beautifully illustrated short volume, Clapton sets the castrato in a historical context ... Clapton is excellent on the physical and psychological effects of castration as experienced by Moreschi ... a valuable historical record of a nearly forgotten art.' -- Andrew Green Classical Music 'Invaluable ... a fascinating account of the relations between the Vatican and Italy during the last half of the 19th century ... Clapton's story is told with wit, compassion and elegance.' -- Michael Tanner BBC Music Magazine

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