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Heroines of Love & Loss / Hughes, Brinkmann, Nordberg


Release Date: 03/03/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2248  
Composer:  Giovanni KapsbergerHenry PurcellAntonio VivaldiJohn Bennet,   ... 
Performer:  Jonas NordbergRuby HughesMime Yamahiro-Brinkmann
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



The women appearing before our ears throughout this program range from the Virgin Mary and Dido, queen of Carthage, to Shakespeare's Desdemona and the unfortunate Anne Boleyn, waiting for her execution in the Tower of London in 1536. But the disc also features four other heroines - the Italian composers Claudia Sessa, Francesca Caccini, Lucrezia Vizzana and Barbara Strozzi. All active between 1590 - 1675, they will have required great courage to rise above the social conventions of the time, but this surprisingly productive period for female composers also offered an opportunity that would disappear in later centuries: the all-female environment provided by the convent.
Read more More than half of the women who published music before 1700 were nuns, including Sessa and Vizzana, who are here represented by brief meditations on teh suffering and death of Christ. Caccini and Strozzi, on the other hand, lived very much in the secular world - Caccini at the Florentine court and Strozzi as a free-lance musician and composer in Venice. Unhindered by the restrictions imposed by the church on sacred music they both adhered to the new stile moderno championed by Claudio Monteverdi. Celebrated for their singing, they composed vocal music which makes 'the words the mistress of the harmony and not the servant', to quote Monteverdi's brother Giulio Cesare. The soprano Ruby Hughes has already made her name for herself in a wide-ranging repertoire, but has a special love for the constellation of lute, cello and voice. With Jonas Nordberg and Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann - who also contribute instrumental solos - she here reveals in the dramatic and expressive potential offered by this trio combination, and by the music by these female composers and their English colleagues Henry Purcell and John Bennet. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata arpeggiata by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo)
2.
Bonduca, Z 574: O lead me to some peaceful gloom by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Jonas Nordberg (Lute), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
3.
Venus' birds by John Bennet
Performer:  Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Jonas Nordberg (Lute), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 42 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello), Jonas Nordberg (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: L'Eraclito amoroso by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo), Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
6.
Chaconne by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
7.
Occhi io vissi di voi by Claudia Sessa
Performer:  Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo), Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1613; Italy 
8.
Willow Song by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Jonas Nordberg (Lute), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9.
Lasciatemi qui solo by Francesca Caccini
Performer:  Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo), Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
10.
Diporti di Euterpe, Op. 7: Lamento by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo), Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1659; Venice, Italy 
11.
O magnum mysterium, motet (from Componimenti musicali) by Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana
Performer:  Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Jonas Nordberg (Lute), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
12.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Jonas Nordberg (Lute), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
13.
O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruby Hughes (Soprano), Jonas Nordberg (Lute), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Period: Renaissance 

Customer Reviews

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 Press review July 3, 2017 By Classicalacarte Classicalacarte (Saint-Donat, QC) See All My Reviews "A marvelous CD, absolutely superb according to the reviewers who have commented this recording. The British magazine Gramophone awarded this production with an Editor’s Choice while the French magazine Diapason recognized its merits with a Diapason d’or. Classica’s reviewer is also very enthusiastic (4 stars). All these reviews and others may be consulted simply by searching on the web with the following criteria: classicalacarte + ID599 The original and more extensive version (in French) of this press review is posted on: classicalacarte.org" Report Abuse
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