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Philip Pickett, New London Consort: Il cammino di Santiago

On thursday october 31st, at 9 p.m. at Teatro Olimpico di Roma (P.zza Gentile da Fabriano, 17), organized by Accademia Filarmonica Romana, an interesting concert named “Il Cammino di Santiago” was performed. During the concert the New London Consort, directed by Philip Pickett, played componiments of Martin Codax and componiments taken by Codex Calixtinus and by the manuscripts of Las Huelgas and of Escorial, with the purpose of recalling the pilgrimage of devotes to the sanctuary of Santiago de Campostela which happened between IX and XII century.
In this spanish town, whose sanctuary used to attract devotes from everywhere in Europe, with no distinction of class and cense, plenty of very different cultures melted together and music was surely one of the first forms of expression to be influenced by this precious condition. The concert of Philip Pickett appears to be particulary interesting, even because of the fact that this english musician is famous for his philological studies of ancient music: this sounds as a precise guarantee that the performance is historically and scientifically exact and correct.

Alessandro Annunziata

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