Odi Euterpe: Italian monody in the early 17th century | Glossa - Schola Cantorum Basiliensis GCD922502

Odi Euterpe: Italian monody in the early 17th century


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Label: Glossa - Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Cat No: GCD922502

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 24th May 2010



Seldom has ‘new music’ ever demonstrated the freshness and boldness as shown at the beginning of the 17th century. In 1602, Giulio Caccini proposed, in the essay prefacing his Le Nuove Musiche, a new relationship between music and text; this could be summed up in the term 'sprezzatura', according to which the text moves to a primary position of importance. In combination with the emergent basso continuo, Caccini thus sowed the seed for the startling development of vocal genres in subsequent centuries.

This recording presents various facets of the new vocal art, beginning with works by Caccini himself, moving via stylish composers such as Girolamo Frescobaldi or the madrigalian miracles of Sigismondo d’India to exhilarating works by the poet-composer Benedetto Ferrari, active in Venice and Vienna in the middle of the 17th century.

Rosa Domínguez interprets these works placing special emphasis on the text, prominently and enthusiastically stressing the ‘I’ of these poetic creations, generally the victim of amorous sufferings. The plentiful stanzas of these songs, dressed by an extremely flexible and imaginative basso continuo, permit the telling of complete stories. By utilising a limited means of support (just the two plucked stringed instruments), the full deployment of vocal expressivity is encouraged.

One of a new series started in collaboration with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, this CD was recorded in Santa Giulia in Caprona, Pisa, in September 2008.

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