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Heroines of Love and Loss

Composer Anonymous
John Bennet
Francesca Caccini
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger
Alessandro Piccinini
Henry Purcell
Claudia Sessa
Barbara Strozzi
Antonio Vivaldi
Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana
Performer Ruby Hughes
Jonas Nordberg
Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann
Period Early Music
Catalogue Number BIS-2248 SACD
EAN 7318599922485
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2017
Total time 71'28

Vocal chamber music of the early Baroque
The women appearing before our ears throughout this programme range from the Virgin Mary and Dido, queen of Carthage, to Shakespeare’s Desdemona and the unfortunate Anne Boleyn, waiting for her execution in the Tower of London in 1536. But the disc also features four other heroines – the Italian composers Claudia Sessa, Francesca Caccini, Lucrezia Vizzana and Barbara Strozzi.&&& All active between 1590 – 1675, they will have required great courage to rise above the social conventions of the time, but this surprisingly productive period for female composers also offered an opportunity that would disappear in later centuries: the all-female environment provided by the convent. More than half of the women who published music before 1700 were nuns, including Sessa and Vizzana, who are here represented by brief meditations on the suffering and death of Christ. Caccini and Strozzi, on the other hand, lived very much in the secular world – Caccini at the Florentine court and Strozzi as a free-lance musician and composer in Venice. Unhindered by the restrictions imposed by the church on sacred music they both adhered to the new stile moderno championed by Claudio Monteverdi. Celebrated for their singing, they composed vocal music which makes ‘the words the mistress of the harmony and not the servant’, to quote Monteverdi’s brother Giulio Cesare. The soprano Ruby Hughes has already made her name for herself in a wide-ranging repertoire, but has a special love for the constellation of lute, cello and voice. With Jonas Nordberg and Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann – who also contribute instrumental solos – she here revels in the dramatic and expressive potential offered by the combination, and by the music by these female composers and their English colleagues Henry Purcell and John Bennet.
 
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  Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger
01 Toccata arpeggiata 2'39
 
 
  Henry Purcell
02 Oh! lead me to some peaceful gloom 3'56
 
 
  Antonio Vivaldi
  Cello sonata in G minor, RV 42 15'50
03 I. Preludio 4'06
 
 
  John Bennet
04 Venus’ Birds 3'19
 
 
  Antonio Vivaldi
  Cello sonata in G minor, RV 42 15'50
05 II. Allemanda 3'42
 
 
  Barbara Strozzi
06 L’Eraclito amoroso 7'26
 
 
  Alessandro Piccinini
07 Ciaccona 2'49
 
 
  Claudia Sessa
08 Occhi io vissi di voi 2'06
 
 
  Anonymous
09 The Willow Song 3'20
 
 
  Francesca Caccini
10 Lasciatemi qui solo 7'29
 
 
  Barbara Strozzi
11 Lamento: Lagrime mie 7'57
 
 
  Antonio Vivaldi
  Cello sonata in G minor, RV 42 15'50
12 III. Sarabanda 4'38
13 IV. Giga 3'24
 
 
  Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana
  O Magnum Mysterium
14 O magnum mysterium 3'24
 
 
  Henry Purcell
15 Dido’s Lament 5'04
 
 
  Anonymous
16 O death, rock me asleep 6'02
 
  Album total 71'28
ComposerAnonymous
Bennet, John
Caccini, Francesca
Kapsberger, Giovanni Girolamo
Piccinini, Alessandro
Purcell, Henry
Sessa, Claudia
Strozzi, Barbara
Vivaldi, Antonio
Vizzana, Lucrezia Orsina
TheorboNordberg, Jonas
SopranoHughes, Ruby
CelloMime Yamahiro-Brinkmann
Yamahiro Brinkmann, Mime
ArchluteNordberg, Jonas
LuteNordberg, Jonas

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