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A New Sappho - Strozzi, Fontei / Favella Lyrica


Release Date: 07/25/2000 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7491   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Barbara StrozziNicolò Fontei
Performer:  Michael BeattiePamela DellalPamela MurrayDaniel Ryan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The story of Barbara Strozzi is filled with color and mystery. In 1619, Barbara Strozzi's name was entered into the baptismal register of the Church of Santa Sofia in Venice, her mother a servant in the household of Giulio Strozzi, a respected man of letters. Giulio adopted and educated Barbara, and eventually made her his heiress. Barbara presided over the meetings of the Accademia dei Unisoni, (a circle of Venetian intellectuals) whose participants she dazzled with formidable gifts both personal and musical. She was a student of Cavalli and one of the most prolific cantata composers of the 17th century.
Strozzi's music has received a fair share of attention, and this recording is a solid addition to the discography. Strozzi's music is
Read more marked by a depth of emotion that requires singers with dramatic flair as well as sterling vocal technique. Soprano Pamela Murray and mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal conquer the music's technical challenges without sacrificing drama. Favella Lyrica's accompaniment is polished, with some exceptional viola da gamba playing by Carol Lewis and Janet Haas.
Includes work(s) by Nicolò Fontei. Ensemble: Favella Lyrica. Soloists: Pamela Murray, Pamela Dellal, Michael Beattie, Daniel Ryan, Carol Lewis, Janet Haas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Cantate e ariette, Op. 3: Mentita by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Michael Beattie (Harpsichord), Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Pamela Murray (Soprano),
Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1654; Venice, Italy 
2. Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: Begl'occhi, bel seno, bei crini e bella bocca by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Pamela Murray (Soprano), Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin),
Michael Beattie (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Venice, Italy 
3. Il primo libro de madrigali, Op. 1: Sonetto Proemio by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Pamela Murray (Soprano), Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin), Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano),
Michael Beattie (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1644; Italy 
4. Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: Gl'occhi superbi by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin), Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Beattie (Harpsichord),
Pamela Murray (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Venice, Italy 
5. Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: I baci by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin), Pamela Murray (Soprano), Michael Beattie (Harpsichord),
Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Venice, Italy 
6. Bizzarie Poetiche poste in musica, libro secondo: Filli e Tirsi by Nicolò Fontei
Performer:  Pamela Murray (Soprano), Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin), Michael Beattie (Harpsichord),
Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Italy 
7. Bizzarie Poetiche poste in musica, libro secondo: Felice Nascità di core amante by Nicolò Fontei
Performer:  Michael Beattie (Harpsichord), Pamela Murray (Soprano), Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Italy 
8. Bizzarie Poetiche poste in musica, libro secondo: Io v'adoro e non v'amo by Nicolò Fontei
Performer:  Michael Beattie (Harpsichord), Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin),
Pamela Murray (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Italy 
9. Bizzarie Poetiche poste in musica, libro secondo: Fiera lite hoggi è tra noi by Nicolò Fontei
Performer:  Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Pamela Murray (Soprano), Michael Beattie (Harpsichord),
Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Italy 
10. Il primo libro de madrigali, Op. 1: Canto di bella bocca by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Beattie (Harpsichord), Pamela Murray (Soprano),
Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1644; Italy 
11. Ariette a voce sola, Op. 6: Sospira, repira by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Pamela Murray (Soprano), Michael Beattie (Harpsichord), Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin),
Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1657; Venice, Italy 
12. Bizzarie Poetiche poste in musica, libro secondo: La vita solitaria by Nicolò Fontei
Performer:  Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Pamela Murray (Soprano), Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin),
Michael Beattie (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Italy 
13. Bizzarie Poetiche poste in musica, libro secondo: Non maledico io, nò by Nicolò Fontei
Performer:  Michael Beattie (Harpsichord), Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin), Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Italy 
14. Bizzarie Poetiche poste in musica, libro secondo: Clori e... by Nicolò Fontei
Performer:  Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Beattie (Harpsichord), Pamela Murray (Soprano),
Daniel Ryan (Bass Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Favella Lyrica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Italy 

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