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O Dulcis Amor / La Villanella Basel

Villanella Basel
Release Date: 04/05/2005 
Label:  Ramee   Catalog #: 401   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Caterina AssandraVittoria AleottiFrancesca CacciniBarbara Strozzi,   ... 
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the first time in history, the 17th century opened up a vast area of musical activities for female artists as the Renaissance philosophy had established a new place for women in society. In his Il libro del Cortegiano (1528), Baldassare Castiglione presented them as gracious and beautiful, equally cultured in literature as men, as well as educated in dance and music, accomplished in conversational skills, intelligent and entertaining. Life at the courts provided for the donne di palazzo a veritable opportunity to liberate themselves. The new role that was bestowed on women might even have added to the growing sophistication of lifestyle in the 16th century, which was greatly articulated in the promotion of the arts and in the implicit Read more prescriptions for social behaviour. Erasmus revered in his Encomium matrimonii (1518) the blissful union of husband and wife, and the general trend of Neo-Platonism led to a new interest in women, which greatly surpassed their thus far expected role as child bearers to continue the family name, and their rigid position in domestic life. However, only the higher classes in society enjoyed these privileges. Christian tradition was deeply anchored in the common perception of women as unfaithful seductresses, foolish and impetuous. Consequently, women remained the subject of much ridicule and scepticism. The imposing voice of Vespasiano da Bisticci is effortlessly recalled, instructing women to live by the two chief commandments of the apostle Paul: to raise their children as devoted Christians and to keep silent at church. The status from which certain women benefited at the end of the Renaissance was in many ways a compromise between the conservative Christian tradition, strengthened by the Council of Trente (1545-1563), and the humanist objective of equality between male and female.

LA VILLANELLA BASEL was founded on the occasion of the Luther memorial year 1996. All graduates of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, the members of the ensemble are currently based in Germany and perform extensively across Europe. Their repertoire focuses on music from the transitional period between the 16th and 17th centuries. In accordance with historic performance practice, their own instrumental diminutions substantially feature in every concert.

The name of the ensemble refers to an old Italian musical form, the villanella, which originated in the folkloric style but became immensely popular in art music during the 17th century. Although it is a mere coincidence that all performers in La Villanella Basel are women, the group feels this is a strong additional incentive to perform music by female composers of that era.

Heike Pichler-Trosits, soprano
Claudia Nauheim, recorder
Irene Klein, viola da gamba
Mechthild Winter, virginal, organ
Petra Burmann, theorbo

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Works on This Recording

1.
Motetti, Op. 2: Impleos nostrum by Caterina Assandra
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1609; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Ave verum corpus. Tabulatur F.K. mus.2, Abt. 22, Fürst Thurn und Taxis Zantralarchiv, Hofbibliothek by Caterina Assandra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Motetti, Op. 2: Haec dies by Caterina Assandra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1609; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Ego flos campi. Tabulatur F.K. mus.2, Abt. 22, Fürst Thurn und Taxis Zentralarchiv, Hofbibliothek Re by Caterina Assandra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Motetti, Op. 2: O dulcis amor Jesu by Caterina Assandra
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1609; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6.
Hor che la vaga Aurora (from Ghirland de Madrigali, Venetia) by Vittoria Aleotti
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1593 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Cor mio perche pur piangi (from Ghirland de Madrigali, Venetia) by Vittoria Aleotti
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1593 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8.
Mentre l'ardite labbia (from Ghirland de Madrigali, Venetia) by Vittoria Aleotti
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1593 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9.
La Liberazione di Ruggiero Dall'Ilosa D'Alcina, opera: Per la più vaga e bella by Francesca Caccini
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: L'amante bugiardo by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1651; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
11.
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: Amor dormiglione by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12.
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: Sete pur fastidioso by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1651; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: L'Eraclito amoroso by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
14.
Sonata Duodecima by Isabella Leonarda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
15.
Iam diu dilecte mi Iesu, motet for solo voice & continuo (from Op. 20) by Isabella Leonarda
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 
16.
Lasciatemi qui solo by Francesca Caccini
Performer:  Heike Pichler-Trosits ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Villanella Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Church Sankt Peter und Sankt Paul, Groß 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Motetti, Op. 2: Imple os nostrum
Ave verum corpus
Motetti, Op. 2: Haec dies
Ego flos campi
Motetti, Op. 2: O dulcis amor Iesu
Ghirlanda de madrigali: Hor che la vaga Aurora
Ghirlanda de madrigali: Cor mio perche pur piangi
Ghirlanda de madrigali: Mentre l'ardite labbia
La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina: Per la piu vaga e bella
Il primo libro delle musiche: Lasciatemi qui solo
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: L'amante bugiardo
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: Amor dormiglione
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: Sete pur fastidioso
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: L'eraclito amoroso
Sonata a 4 in D minor, Op. 16, No. 12
Motetti, Op. 20: Iam diu dilecte mi Iesu

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