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This set includes a blu-ray audio CD playable on blu-ray players only and a standard CD playable on all CD players.
Artistically breathtaking and engagingly intimate, the vocal music of the early Italian Baroque was an exercise in close artistic collaboration. Bringing together three of the most renowned practitioners of historically-appropriate performance of Early Music and Baroque repertoires, the Sono Luminus release of Io Vidi in Terra provides a rare immersion into a mysterious world that, despite its relative obscurity in the perspectives of 21st-Century observers, shaped almost every aspect of music as it blossomed in subsequent generations.
Born in Brazil, countertenor José Lemos pursued musical
studies in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the College of Charleston (South Carolina) and a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Awarded Tanglewood Music Fellowships in both 2003 and 2004, his first operatic performances in the United States were in Robert Zuidam’s Rage d’Amours and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Tanglewood. He also won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition in Chimay, Belgium. From those beginnings, José’s operatic career has flourished with lauded appearances at Opernhaus Zürich as Nireno in Händel’s Giulio Cesare and Narcisco in the same composer’s Agrippina, both under the baton of Marc Minkowski; an extensive tour with Stefano Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio in a production with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, to name just a few.
Works on This Recording
Io vidi in terra angelici costumi
Aria sopra la Spagnoletta
Si dolce e'l tormento, SV 332
Quel sguardo sdegnosetto, SV 247
Partite variate sopra La Folla
Cosi mi disprezzate, "Aria di passacaglia"
Se l'aura spira (At the graceful dancing of the breezes): Se l'aura spira
Canzonetta spirituale sopra, "Alla Nanna": Hor ch'e tempo di dormire
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