Lettere Amorose

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená's collection of vocal solos plus a few instrumental tracks from the early Baroque, Lettere Amorose, "Love Letters," is a delight. The recital includes some familiar pieces like d'India's "Cruda Amarilli," Monteverdi's "Sì dolce è il tormento," and Sanz's giddy dance, "Canarios," but consists largely of repertoire that's more obscure but no less engaging. Merula's lullaby chaconne "Hor ch'è tempo di dormire" is a jewel, gorgeously idiosyncratic and deeply emotional. Caccini's erotic "Odi, Euterpe, 'I dolce canto" could be mistaken for mature Monteverdi at his most mischievous, but it dates from 1601 or 1602, when Monteverdi was at an early ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená's collection of vocal solos plus a few instrumental tracks from the early Baroque, Lettere Amorose, "Love Letters," is a delight. The recital includes some familiar pieces like d'India's "Cruda Amarilli," Monteverdi's "Sì dolce è il tormento," and Sanz's giddy dance, "Canarios," but consists largely of repertoire that's more obscure but no less engaging. Merula's lullaby chaconne "Hor ch'è tempo di dormire" is a jewel, gorgeously idiosyncratic and deeply emotional. Caccini's erotic "Odi, Euterpe, 'I dolce canto" could be mistaken for mature Monteverdi at his most mischievous, but it dates from 1601 or 1602, when Monteverdi was at an early stage in his career. A real standout of the album is Strozzi's "L'Eraclito amoroso: Udite amanti," which alternates sections of extravagantly expressive recitative with a ravishingly lyrical chaconne. Kozená easily has the technique to make the music glow and the dramatic gifts to bring it movingly to life. Her sharply characterized interpretations of the songs make each of them seem as fully realized and potent as a short operatic scene. Her voice has the burnished warmth of a mezzo, but can gleam when she soars into her upper register, and throughout she maintains an exquisite purity. Private Musicke, an ensemble of plucked and bowed strings led by Pierre Pitzl, beautifully matches Kozená's performances with inventive, understated, and expressive accompaniments. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is clean and wonderfully realistic. This is an album that should have strong appeal for lovers of Baroque music, or anyone who loves exceptional singing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947787648
  • Catalog Number: 001492002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crud'Amarilli (from "Libro Primo de Madrigali a Cinque Voci) - Sigismondo d'India & Kenneth Chalmers (2:56)
    Composed bySigismondo d'India
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
  2. 2 Si dolce è'l tormento, madrigal for solo voice, SV 332 - Carlo Milanuzzi & Claudio Monteverdi (3:29)
    Composed byClaudio Monteverdi
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
  3. 3 Odi, Euterpe - Giulio Caccini & Kenneth Chalmers (3:27)
    Composed byGiulio Caccini
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
  4. 4 Caravanda ciacona, for consort - Kenneth Chalmers & Luis de Briçeño (1:41)
    Composed byLuis de Briçeño
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byPierre Pitzl
  5. 5 Or che'è tempo di dormire, canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna - Tarquinio Merula & Kenneth Chalmers (8:42)
    Composed byTarquinio Merula
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
  6. 6 Canarios [I], for guitar (Instrucción de Música sobre la Guitarra Española, Book 1) - Gaspar Sanz & Kenneth Chalmers (3:15)
    Composed byGaspar Sanz
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byPierre Pitzl
  7. 7 Ma che? Squallido e oscuro, for voice - Sigismondo d'India & Kenneth Chalmers (2:44)
    Composed bySigismondo d'India
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
  8. 8 Con le stelle in ciel che mai - Biagio Marini & Kenneth Chalmers (4:22)
    Composed byBiagio Marini
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
  9. 9 Consonanze stravaganti, for organ - Giovanni de Macque & Kenneth Chalmers (1:43)
    Composed byGiovanni de Macque
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byPierre Pitzl
  10. 10 Torna il Sereno Zefiro for voice solo - Sigismondo d'India & Kenneth Chalmers (3:28)
    Composed bySigismondo d'India
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
  11. 11 Capriccio sopra la Ciacona, for guitar - Giovanni Paolo Foscarini & Kenneth Chalmers (1:48)
    Composed byGiovanni Paolo Foscarini
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byPierre Pitzl
  12. 12 Udite, amanti, for voice & continuo - Barbara Strozzi & Kenneth Chalmers (7:55)
    Composed byBarbara Strozzi
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
  13. 13 Espanoletas, for guitar (or harp) - Kenneth Chalmers & Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz (2:54)
    Composed byLucas Ruiz de Ribayaz
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byPierre Pitzl
  14. 14 Folle e ben che si crede - Tarquinio Merula & Kenneth Chalmers (3:53)
    Composed byTarquinio Merula
    Conducted byPierre Pitzl
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Pierre Pitzl
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magdalena Kozená Primary Artist
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