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The Nuns Of San Vito - Aleotti / Smith, Cappella Artemisia


Release Date: 08/07/2007 
Label:  Tactus   Catalog #: 570101   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Raffaella AleottiGiovanni Battista ChinelliLorenzo AgnelliBernardo Pasquini,   ... 
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ALEOTTI Sacrae Cantiones & Candace Smith, dir; Cappella Artemisia TACTUS 570101 (69:09 Text and Translation)


& CHINELLI, PASQUINI, AGNELLI, MAZZAFERRATA


Raphaella Aleotti (1575–1646?) was a nun in the convent of San Vito in Ferrara and the first Italian nun to publish any music. She directed the vocal and instrumental ensemble of the convent in public Read more concerts. This is not her first appearance on disc, for this ensemble has already recorded one of these works, Vidi speciosam , in a collection of music from Italian convents, and a Basel ensemble recorded three vernacular motets in a collection of music by Italian nuns. While the disc is filled out with single works of several other composers, her 17 motets dominate the program. The five-voice psalm Miserere is given special treatment, first sung on the cantus firmus with instruments on the other four voices, then assigning the cantus firmus to a cornett with voices on the other four parts, the two versions linked by the chant sung from a 1697 Graduale Romanum . All the texts are Scriptural or liturgical in origin, generally for Christmas or Marian feasts, the latter drawing from the Song of Songs. The composers whose pieces are added to Aleotti’s music were admirers, at least two of them dedicating their own publications to her.


The singing is light and delicate and the playing is firm. One would expect a certain monotony stemming from the similarity of so many short pieces, but the performances are varied enough to introduce considerable variety. The ensemble is entirely female, as if to make it more authentic. This is a disc of specialized interest for early-Baroque enthusiasts.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sancta et immaculata virginitas by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
2.
Hodie nata est mihi Maria by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
3.
Cangratulamini mihi omnes by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
4.
Exugat Deus by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
5.
Obstupescite by Giovanni Battista Chinelli
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
6.
Caro mea by Lorenzo Agnelli
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
7.
Diligam te Domine by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
8.
Surge propera amica mea by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
9.
Beatus Laurentius by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
10.
Quem vidistis Pastores by Bernardo Pasquini
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
11.
De la donna ch'adora by Gio Battist Mazzaferrata
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
12.
Facta est cum angelo by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
13.
Audivi vocem by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
14.
Vidi speciosam sicut columbam by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
15.
Ascendens Christus in altum by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
16.
Lauda Syon by Lorenzo Agnelli
Conductor:  Candace Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Artemisia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 

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