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Weep And Rejoice - Music For Holy Week From The Convents Of 17th Century Italy / Cappella Artemisia

Weep & Rejoice: Music Holy Week From Convents / Va
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94638   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Adriano BanchieriClaudia Francesca RuscaClaudio MonteverdiLucrezia Orsina Vizzana,   ... 
Performer:  Elisabetta [Viola da Gamba] Ferri
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc brings together a collection of vocal works from 17th-century Italian convents – music that is given another dimension thanks to the fact that its primary function was to aid worship. Led by the liturgy, the pieces were often based on prayers of celebration or lamentation, both of which feature prominently in the emotional rollercoaster that is Holy Week (the last week of Lent and the last week before Easter).

The works in this collection were written by a variety of composers – some dedicating their compositions to the nuns (incidentally, one of the most fascinating mysteries surrounding convent repertoire is the fact that these pieces often contain parts for tenor and bass voices – the nuns often resorted to
Read more numerous solutions to supplant the lack of male voices, including transposition of lower voices or entire pieces or the use of instruments) and numerous pieces written by the nuns themselves – such as Rosa Giacinta Badalla’s affecting Silentio. Several of the works combine voices with instrumental forces such as the viola da gamba, lirone, and baroque guitar. They are all performed by the acclaimed all-female ensemble Cappella Artimisia, founded in 1991 and which has received critical and popular praise both for the rarity and originality of its repertoire.

Other information:
- A fascinating collection of vocal works which were written for use during the Holy Week (the week preceding Easter) in Italian convents in the 17th century, recorded in the convent of Santa Margherita in Bologna.
- Apart from liturgical works connected with the Holy Week this programme presents compositions by Italian composers and by the nuns which express the specific emotions of this important period in the Liturgical year: from the bewailing of the crucified Christ on Good Friday to the ecstatic joy of the resurrection on Easter Day.
- Sung with true feeling and devotion by the female choir Cappella Artimisia and a rich instrumental ensemble of Viola da Gamba, harp, cello, guitar, harpsichord, lirone, organ and traverse flutes.
- The organist plays the 1712 Traeri church organ built by Traeri in 1712 (restored by Marco Fratti in 1991–92), Convent of Santa Margherita, Bologna. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Messa solenne a 8 voci: O vos omnes by Adriano Banchieri
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Written: 1599 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Sacri concerti a 1,2,3,4 e 5 voci: Adoramus te, Christe by Claudia Francesca Rusca
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Qui pependit, motet for 5 voices, SV 97/1.k (contrafacta of SV 97/1) by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
O magnum mysterium, motet (from Componimenti musicali) by Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah by Anonymous
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Feria quinta (Lamentatione seconda) (from Lamentationi sagre e motetti ad una voce col basso continu by Alessandro Della Ciaia
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7.
Madrigale al Crocifisso (from Cantate Morali e Spirituali a voce sola) by Maurizio Cazzati
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8.
O vos omnes, motet (from Secondo Libro de Motetti) by Lorenzo Agnelli
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9.
Adoramus te Christe, motet by Giovanni Antonio Grossi
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10.
Dic nobis, Maria (from Sacrae cantiones a 8-9) by Agostino Soderini
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11.
Congratulamini mihi omnes (from Sacri cantus, liber secundus) by Tiburtio Massaino
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
Silentio, motet (from Motetti a voce sola) by Rosa Giacinta Badalla
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Alleluia, haec dies quam fecit Dominus, motet (from Motectorum liber primus) by Andrea Rota
Performer:  Elisabetta [Viola da Gamba] Ferri ()
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
14.
Quid mihi est in caelo (from Messe a tre voci) by Giulio Cesare Arresti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
15.
Ave mater dilectissima by Chiara Margarita Cozzolan
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 16th Century 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
16.
Sacri concerti a 1,2,3,4 e 5 voci: Canzone francese seconda by Claudia Francesca Rusca
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17.
Risorto hoggi č'il Signore (from Arie di musica per concertare con voci e strumenti) by Giovanni Battista Strata
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
18.
Surrexit pastor, alleluia (from Sacri motetti a due, et a piů voci) by Domenico Massenzio
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
19.
Cessate tympana (from Sacri concerti dei motetti a 1, 2, 3 e 4 voci) by Maria Xaveria Perucona
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
20.
Diologo delle due Marić (from Harmonia d'affetti devoti, libro primo, Op. 3) by Giovanni Legrenzi
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Istituto Suore Francescane Dell'immacola 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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