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Heroines of Love & Loss


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The women appearing before our ears throughout this program 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 teh 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 cmoposer 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 reveals in the dramatic and expressive potential offered by this trio combination, and by the music by these female composers and their English colleagues Henry Purcell and John Bennet.
Facts
Item number BIS-2248
Barcode 7318599922485
Release date 3/3/2017
Category Vocal
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Hughes, Ruby
Nordberg, Jonas
Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime
Disc: 1
Toccata Arpeggiata00:03:16
1 Toccata arpeggiata 00:02:31 Nordberg, Jonas
Bonduca, Z. 574, "The British Heroine"00:03:00
2 Bonduca, Z. 574 "The British Heroine": No. 17, O L 00:03:53 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
Cello Sonata in G Minor, RV 4200:12:00
3 Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 14 No. 9, RV 42: I. P 00:04:01 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Nordberg, Jonas
Venus' birds, whose mournful tunes00:03:35
4 Venus' Birds, Whose Mournful Tunes 00:03:15 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
Cello Sonata in G Minor, RV 4200:12:00
5 Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 14 No. 9, RV 42: II. 00:03:40 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Nordberg, Jonas
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 200:03:00
6 Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: No. 14, L'eracli 00:07:21 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
Chaconne00:02:44
7 Chaconne 00:02:44 Nordberg, Jonas
Occhi io vissi di voi00:02:00
8 Occhi io vissi di voi 00:02:03 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
The Willow Song00:04:09
9 The Willow Song 00:03:14 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
Il primo libro delle musiche00:00:00
10 Il primo libro delle musiche: No. 3, Lasciatemi qu 00:07:20 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
Diporti di Euterpe, Op. 700:07:57
11 Diporti di Euterpe, Op. 7: No. 4, Lamento 00:07:49 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
Cello Sonata in G Minor, RV 4200:12:00
12 Cello Sonata in G Minor, RV 42: III. Sarabande. La 00:04:36 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Nordberg, Jonas
13 Cello Sonata in G Minor, RV 42: IV. Gigue. Allegro 00:03:21 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Nordberg, Jonas
Componimenti musicali de motetti concertati*
14 Componimenti musicali de motetti concertati: O mag 00:03:18 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2: When I a00:04:56
15 Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626: When I Am Laid in Earth "Di 00:04:56 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
O Death Rock Me Asleep00:03:57
16 O Death Rock Me Asleep 00:05:00 Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime Hughes, Ruby Nordberg, Jonas
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