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Canta La Maddalena / Kiehr, Aymes, Concerto Soave


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501698   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benedetto FerrariDomenico MazzocchiGiovanni B. AgnelettiGirolamo Frescobaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Maria Cristina KiehrJean-Marc AymesMatthias SpaeterMara Galassi
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A perfect vehicle for Maria Cristina Kiehr's supple and expressive voice in music that needs this kind of committed advocacy

Ever more discriminating performers are needed if 17th-century music is to be extricated from precious connoisseurship and promoted as something palpably enjoyable. Maria Cristina Kiehr is playing an important part in reappraising the new, liberating dramatic forms of the 1600s. Historically, the voice had generally taken on the singularly daunting task of reflecting the human condition laid bare. Yet most good composers of the time knew that pure recitative was no substitute for the delights of song and its union of melody and harmony.

It should come as no surprise that quite so
Read more many small musical talents reigned supreme in the early Italian baroque. Kiehr, however, has chosen works which skilfully blend dramatic scena with contemplative radiance, and with her significantly sensitive accompanists, Concerto Soave, has found a winning formula to project the best of the solo motet tradition.

Much skill has gone into this programme celebrating the popular 17th-century emblem of Mary Magdalene's lamentation and deploration at the foot of the Cross. Framed by two exquisite and largely unknown works, one by Agneletti and a fine cantata by Ferrari, Kiehr spins a shapely, instinctive line, nuanced rather than overwhelmed by expressive ardour. (How often vapid over-indulgence by under-nourished voices rips the heart out of this music.) Kiehr shows admirable judgement in how she sustains the intensity of the most sectional work, Rossi's Pender non prima (taking as its model Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna).

A noble and graciously covered mezzo register is the conduit for Kiehr's profound sensuality, heard delightfully in the Gratiani work, where her gleaming and accurate upper register shuns the piping angel and portrays a 'faithful grieving Lover' in a state of extreme emotion. The high tessitura is not the prettiest nor the most controlled (I mentioned this of her otherwise excellent Monteverdi recital, 8/99), and it underlines her limited tonal range in works such as Bernabei's Heu me miseram where excitement results in some shrillness. She often makes up for this in the subtlety of her accentuation and inflexion. The Frescobaldi works fit her like a glove - paragraphed declamatory songs, beautifully formed and succinctly expressed. In 'A pie della gran croce', she demonstrates a feeling for the text which lifts superficial narrative into heart-felt supplication. With some evocative and breezy instrumental contributions, this is a disc which tackles this music with distinction. These are mature readings of works whose performance too often misses the mark. Thumbs up, nearly all round.

-- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone [6/2000, reviewing the original release]
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Works on This Recording

1. Queste pungenti spine by Benedetto Ferrari
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2. Dialoghi, e sonetti: Lagrime amare by Domenico Mazzocchi
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3. Sacri canti et hinni: Gloria by Giovanni B. Agneletti
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4. Secondo libro d'arie musicali per cantarsi: Dove, sparir by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1630; Florence, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5. Primo libro d'arie musicali: A pie della gran croce by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6. Toccata for Harpsichord no 7 in D minor by Michelangelo Rossi
Performer:  Jean-Marc Aymes (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1630; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7. Dominus illuminatio mea by Bonifazio Gratiani
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8. Musiche sacre, e morali: Dunque ove tu Signor by Domenico Mazzocchi
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9. Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Toccata by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Matthias Spaeter (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10. Musiche sacre, e morali: Homai le luci erranti by Domenico Mazzocchi
Performer:  Jean-Marc Aymes (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11. Heu me miseram et infelicem by Giuseppe A. Bernabei
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
12. Pender non prima vide sopra vil tronco "Pianto della Madonna" by Luigi Rossi
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13. Il primo libro delle canzoni: Toccata per l'arpa / Canzona by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Mara Galassi (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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