In alto mare, in alta montagna.
En haute mer, en haute montagne.
This Italian expression applies the same adjective to sea and mountain; it evokes at the same time their physical remoteness and the risks involved when exploring them.
The cornetto is definitely one of the most important musical instruments of the 16th and 17th century. It is made of wood and covered with leather or parchment and was considered the instrument most capable of imitating the human voice. And, just like the voice, it likes to explore the higher regions. Mersenne’s encyclopedia describes the cornetto as a “ray of light going through the clouds”.
InAlto aims to explore both vocal and instrumental music, bringing them to a sort of dialogue.
Famous composers of the baroque in Europe such as Monteverdi, Schütz or Praetorius left us magnificent music cultivating this taste for risk taking, this worship of the high register.
Nowadays, a real danger exists of failing to convince with music that does not feel like ours anymore. By a thorough study of the available sources and by selecting the best “historically informed” partners and collaborators, InAlto seeks to bring out the best in the repertoire they play. Eventually, historical musical intruments are musical instruments as well, InAlto considers them as modern tools of expression.
Artist regularly invited by InAlto :
Sopranos : Alice Foccroulle,Beatriz Mayo Felip, Axelle Bernage
Tenors : Reinoud van Mechelen
Bass : Geoffroy Buffières, Joachim Höchbauer
Cornetti : Lambert Colson, Adrien Mabire
Violin : Marie Rouquié, Gabriel Grosbard
Trombones : Guy Hanssen, Bart Vroomen, Adam Woolf, Ivan Zaïtsev, Olivier Dubois, Fabien Moulaert, Claire McIntyre
Dulcian : Anaïs Ramage
Organ and harpsichord : Marc Meisel, Marie-Odile Vigreux, Louis-Nöel Bestion de Camboulas
Lutes and Guitar : Pieter Theuns, Solmund Nystabakk, Justin Glaie
Percussions : Maxime Fiorani