WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Caccini: Nuove Musiche; Piccinini / Zomer, Jacobs


Release Date: 09/13/2005 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 21305   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giulio CacciniAlessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Johannette ZomerFred Jacobs
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $27.98
SuperAudio CD:  $24.99
In Stock



Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

R E V I E W:

"Giulio Caccini (1551–1618) comes into the category of being one of those composers who is more written about than heard. To the average music-lover and all singers, he is known as the composer of one song in particular, Amarilli mia bella, which appears in just about every collection of “arie antiche” ever published. To the more historically minded, Caccini is known as one of the leading lights at the Florentine meetings of theorists and musicians known as the Camerata, the developers and eventual creators of opera. Yet few are likely to know more than a handful of his songs, which not only had great importance
Read more in the development of the solo song, but also played a major role in laying the foundations for the whole of the Baroque ethos. Although a number of them have appeared over the years on recitals, this is the most comprehensive collection to have appeared on one disc, so far as I’m aware.

The songs were published in two collections entitled Le nuove musiche, the very title of which illustrates Caccini’s desire to claim the “new music” as his own. Following the precepts of the Camerata to create a form that eschewed polyphony in favor of monodic song in which a declamatory style was united with a flexible approach to rhythm and tempo, Caccini sought, in his own words, a vocal line that would “speak in tones,” and consequently “move the affect of the soul.” The fact that Caccini only partly achieved his ambition to create a parlando style of song can be attributed to the fact that he was an innate lyricist, the melodic distinction that made Amarilli such an evergreen being by no means unique. The publication of the first book in 1602, was followed by a second in 1614 that includes not only a valuable preface suggesting how the songs should be sung, but also fully written-out ornamentation, a reaction to the composer’s dissatisfaction with the manner in which the songs were performed by others.

For her selection, Johannette Zomer has dipped almost equally into the two books, choosing seven songs from the 1602 collection and eight from that of 1614, information that should have been given in the booklet. Zomer is a near ideal singer for this repertoire, being the possessor of a beautifully clear and fresh soprano, here used with considerable intelligence. She clearly recognizes that these songs are a form of musica reservata dependent on the subtle use of Caccini’s sprezzatura (or flexibility) more than the employment of exaggerated affetti. Thus, in a song like Vaga su spin’ascosa she draws the listener into a web of seductive intimacy as surely as she can evoke the lonely night of the soul in Tutto’l dí piango, a splendid setting of a darkly passionate sonnet by Petrarch. She’s particularly good with the lighter songs, too, capturing the charming innocence of Al fonte, al prato to perfection. Ornamentation is executed with a graceful ease of technique, although I would have liked more of it in some of the 1602 songs.

Fred Jacobs supports Zomer with some fine theorbo playing in his continuo role, while on his own account contributing a group of nicely varied solo pieces by Caccini’s contemporary Alessandro Piccinini (1566–c. 1638)."

FANFARE: Brian Robins
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le nuove musiche: Amor, io parto by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
2.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Mentre che fra doglie e pene by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
3.
Le nuove musiche: Filli, mirando il cielo by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
4.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Al fonte al prato by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
5.
Toccata for Lute no 4 by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
6.
Corrente for Lute no 1 by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
7.
Le nuove musiche: Fortunato augelino by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
8.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Vaga su spin' ascosa by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
9.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: A quei sospir ardenti by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1614; Italy 
10.
Le nuove musiche: Udite, udite, amanti by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
11.
Tenore detto il Mercatello by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
12.
Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
13.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Aur'amorosa che dolcemente spiri by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
14.
Le nuove musiche: Dolcissimo sospiro by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
15.
Le nuove musiche: Non ha 'l ciel cotanti lumi by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
16.
Partite variate sopra la folia aria Romanesca by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
17.
Corrente for Lute no 9 by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
18.
Chaconne by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
19.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Tutto'l di piango by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
20.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Fere selvaggie by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1614; Italy 
21.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Dalla porta d'oriente by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In