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Music For A While - Baroque Melodies / Von Otter, Et Al


Release Date: 01/05/2005 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 4775114   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Girolamo FrescobaldiGiulio CacciniClaudio MonteverdiGiovanni Kapsberger,   ... 
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterAnders EricsonJakob LindbergJory Vinikour
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today’s all-around artists, with a repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century. She has the ability to find the right tone for every selection, whether plaintive or rousing, using the ornamentation to deepen her insights.

"In this compilation of Italian and English Baroque songs, Anne Sofie von Otter demonstrates once again what makes her artistry so special. Von Otter's ability to embrace multiple musical styles authentically has often been praised, but even within music of the same period, the mezzo approaches each song on its own terms, giving it exactly what it requires both emotionally and stylistically...Always a generous collaborator, von Otter cedes the spotlight
Read more to her instrumentalists for solo turns, which also serve as transitions between composers." - OPERA NEWS

Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today’s all-around artists, with a repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century. This latest recording of Baroque songs, interspersed with instrumental solos, shows us the singer as full partner with her colleagues. The selections are varied, as are the accompaniments, so that our attention is never allowed to waver. Starting in Italy with an exuberant piece by Benedetto Ferrari that treats us to an almost cante jondo approach, continuing on to the sublime stillness of Arnalta’s lullaby from L’incoronazione di Poppea, von Otter leans into the passing notes to emphasize the dissonances to which many 17th-century Italian composers were partial. Bernardo Storace’s Ciaccona for harpsichord allows us to switch moods to the English school, where once again the mezzo gets everything just right. Not one single tonal image is neglected. The excellent impressions of earlier recordings of Baroque music by von Otter are here confirmed as to her ability to find the right tone for every selection, whether plaintive (Dowland, in particular) or rousing, using the ornamentation to deepen her insights. The solo opportunities given to Jory Vinikour and Jakob Lindberg demonstrate additional facets of the music of the period, whether keyboard or theorbo (Kapsberger) or lute. - Joel Kasow, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Primo libro d'arie musicali per cantarsi: Se l'aura spira by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Anders Ericson (Theorbo), Jakob Lindberg (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1630; Florence, Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Dovró dunque morire by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1602; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Scherzi musicali, volume 2: Ecco di dolci raggi by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1632; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Scherzi musicali, volume 2: Quel squardo sdegnosetto by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1632; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Capona by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea: Adagiati, Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Anders Ericson (Theorbo), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Jory Vinikour (Chamber Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Selva di varie composizioni d'intavolatura di cimbalo ed organo: Chaconne(s) by Bernardo Storace
Performer:  Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1664; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: Udite, amanti by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Jakob Lindberg (Lute), Anders Ericson (Theorbo), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Sarabande with Division, Z 654 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Sweeter than roses by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Tempest, Z 631 "Enchanted Island": Dear pretty youth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Z 587: There's not a swain by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Evening Hymn by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jory Vinikour (Chamber Organ), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Arpeggiata by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
16.
In darkness let mee dwell by John Dowland
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1610; England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Performer:  Jakob Lindberg (Lute), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 9, What if I never speede by John Dowland
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Musiche e poesie varie, libro terzo: Amanti, io vi so dire by Benedetto Ferrari
Performer:  Anders Ericson (Theorbo), Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord), Jakob Lindberg (Guitar),
Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1641; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 15, Weep you no more, sad fountains by John Dowland
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Date of Recording: 2004 
Venue:  Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Fantasia by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 

Sound Samples

Amanti io vo se dire
Se l'aura spira
Dovrè dunque morire
Scherzi Musicali (1607): Ecco di dolce raggi
Quel sguardo sdegnosetto - Madrigali, Canzonette e Scherzi musicali (Book X)
La Capona
L'incoronazione di Poppea / Act 2: Adagiati, Poppea - Oblivion soave (Arnalta)
Cantate, Ariette e Duetti, Op.2: L'Eraclito amoroso (Udite amanti)
Ciaccone
Saraband with Division, Z 654
Sweeter than roses
"Dear pretty youth"
Oedipus: Music for a While
Rule a Wife and Have a Wife: There's not a swain
An Evening Hymn, Z 193
Arpeggiata
In darkness let me dwell
First Booke of Songes, 1597: 5. Can she excuse my wrongs
Weepe you no more, sad fountaines
What if I never speed?
Fantasia

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