Alessandra Belloni's music is the ultimate dichotomy: earth-based feminism mixed with Catholic iconography. With wild abandon, she mixes the mystical healing rituals of the tarantella with chants in adoration of the Virgin Mary. Her fearlessly passionate mezzo-soprano, with its rich, deep vibrato is an acquired taste, but one worth acquiring. Her fervor for the music sometimes
As one would expect from Belloni, there is the usual assortment of rapid-fire, heart-pumping tarantellas here, but she also includes a couple of pieces inspired by her travels in Brazil. "Canto di Sant'Irene" is full of churning Bahian rhythms. "Inno al Brasile" combines Brazilian Indian chant with samba, bossa nova, and cavallo marino rhythms.
One must admire Belloni's unabashed juxtaposition of earthy eroticism and goddess/virgin worship. Tarantata is feminist music at its best, without the preaching. It's frankly sensuous and brilliantly performed. - Peggy Latkovich
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