Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) — Giovanni della Croce (Poema sinfonico) (2005) for organ
1) La rosa di Castiglia (The Rose of Castile)
2) In catene (In chains)
3) Cavalcando verso Toledo (Riding towards Toledo)
4) Amica mia Teresa del Gesù (My friend, Teresa of Jesus)
5) Il dolce incontro (The sweet encounter)
Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) is an Italian composer, organist, singer, and musical therapist. Educated at the Conservatory in Milan, she has composed in many genres. Notable works include the cantata "Giorno d'ira" (2008), written in memory of the victims of terrorism and performed in Como under the auspices of the president of Italy. Her "Operatic Suite on Melodies of Verdi" has been performed around the world by the Bruno-Valcepina piano duet. Ferrari's music appears on several CD recordings.
“Giovanni della Croce” (2005) is a symphonic poem inspired by the life of John of the Cross (1542–91), the Spanish saint, mystic, and reformer of the Carmelite order. The five dramatic movements take their impetus from different images of John’s life, including his arrest (by Carmelites who opposed reform), his, subsequent captivity in Toledo, his friendship and work with Teresa of Ávila, and his mystical visions and writings.
SEE NOTES ON EACH MOVEMENT TO THE LEFT.