Vittoria, Vittoria: A Recital of 17th-century Italian & English Songs | Claudio Records CR37102

Vittoria, Vittoria: A Recital of 17th-century Italian & English Songs

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Label: Claudio Records

Cat No: CR37102

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th July 2017

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About

Richard Wistreich graduated in English Literature from King's College, Cambridge, where he was also a member of its world-famous choir, cementing his life-long passion for both words and music. As a young professional singer in the 1970s and 1980s, he was fortunate to be part of the extraordinary energy and creativity of the historical performance revival in Europe, and sang with some of the seminal ensembles, notably the Consort of Musicke and the Taverner Consort. He also sang all over the world as a soloist in Baroque opera and oratorio, in recitals of 16th- and 17th-century song together with lutenists including Robin Jeffrey, Nigel North and Elizabeth Kenny, and on innumerable commercial recordings. Equally committed to contemporary music, in 1989 Richard Wistreich formed the ensemble Red Byrd, together with John Potter. Besides making a series of ground-breaking recordings of music ranging from 12th-century organum, through Purcell and Monteverdi, to newly commissioned works by contemporary composers, Red Byrd often performed old and new music side by side in the same concerts, aiming to employ abiding values of vocality learned from historical performance - flexibility of voice and clarity of expression - in order to present all kinds of sung text to listeners as directly as possible.

The present recording of 17th-century solo song was made in 1987, at a time when most of the music performed was pretty well forgotten, and had to be recovered from manuscripts and early printed books. Since then, Richard Wistreich has continued with his scholarly research into the history of singing, and has added the roles of teacher and academic to that of singer. He has taught singers in many parts of the world, and published numerous books and articles on aspects of early modern vocal music. Richard Wistreich is currently Professor of Music and Director of Research at the Royal College of Music in London.

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