The Christmas Vespers of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

The nuns of the convent of Santa Radegonda in Milan were praised as “le prime cantatrici d’Italia”. Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1605-77ca.), singer and composer, published motets, psalms and scherzi musicali and her works appeared in various collections with such illustrious names as Monteverdi, Rovetta and Merula. Her Vespers music for 8 voices were scored (as was much of the music written for and by cloistered nuns) for 2 traditional choirs of soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Cappella Artemisia offers numerous solutions to this thorny problem of performing these sumptuous works with female voices.

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The Christmas Vespers of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

(1997 by Tactus)

The nuns of the convent of Santa Radegonda in Milan were praised as “le prime cantatrici d’Italia”. Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1605-77ca.), singer and composer, published motets, psalms and scherzi musicali and her works appeared in various collections with such illustrious names as Monteverdi, Rovetta and Merula. Her Vespers music for 8 voices were scored (as [...]

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