WEEP AND REJOICE

Music for Holy Week from the Convents of 17th-century Italy

 

The Passion of Christ and the celebration of his Resurrection held great importance for Italian nuns of the late 16th and 17th centuries. This program presents music composed by and for Italian nuns which these cloistered brides of Christ would have performed during Holy Week and Easter Sunday. It includes both works by nun composers (Cesis, Cozzolani, Aleotti, Perucona, Vizzana, Rusca, Leonarda and Badalla), as well as works by better known male composers dedicated to these women. Polyphonic pieces for both large and small forces as well as solo motets are presented, notably a Lamentation of Jeremiah for solo voice by the Sienese nobleman Alessandro Della Ciaia (a daring work which belongs to the long tradition of wives lamenting the death of their husbands). Also featured are dramatic dialogues involving various personages of the Passion and a madrigal by the great Claudio Monteverdi revisited as a sacred contrafactum intended specifically for convent usage. This recording features an ensemble of 8 voices, a large continuo section and even transverse flutes.

“The musical range and dramatic impetus present in these performances by Cappella Artemisia is quite extraordinary. […] Many [names of composers] are obscure and richly deserve this superb reading. […] The all-female vocalists (predominantly native Italian speakers) work in various permutations and when en masse produce an appealing rich sound […] Wholeheartedly recommended.” (Early Music Today)
“Es sind kurze Stücke von erstaunlicher Virtuosität und Klangpracht – zumal für die Karwoche würde man das so nicht unbedingt erwarten. […] Die Musik die die Cappella Artemisia für diese Aufnahme ausgewählt hat ist unbedingt hörenswert. […] Und die CD ist in der Tat sehr gelungen.”
(Ouverture – Klassik Blog)
“For listeners already familiar with the series, this is a warmly recommended addition; for those new to its pleasures, it’s a wonderful place to start exploring the rich musical legacy of the Italian cloisters.” (Early Music America)
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WEEP AND REJOICE

(2014 by Brilliant Classics)

Music for Holy Week from the Convents of 17th-century Italy

The Passion of Christ and the celebration of his Resurrection held great importance for Italian nuns of the late 16th and 17th centuries. This program presents music composed by and for Italian nuns which these cloistered brides of Christ would have performed during Holy Week […]

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