Lettere Amorose

Lettere Amorose

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by Magdalena Kozená
     
 

Celebrated Czech mezzo Magdalena Kozená returns with an all-new recording of 17th century vocal music celebrating the various forms of love and devotion. This departure from her standard repertoire afforded her the chance to work with the early-music ensemble Private Musicke and their director, Pierre Pitzl.

Although Kozená rarely performs this music, it is

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Celebrated Czech mezzo Magdalena Kozená returns with an all-new recording of 17th century vocal music celebrating the various forms of love and devotion. This departure from her standard repertoire afforded her the chance to work with the early-music ensemble Private Musicke and their director, Pierre Pitzl.

Although Kozená rarely performs this music, it is actually music that she grew up with. When she was 16 she teamed up with a lutenist to perform secular songs by Monteverdi and his compatriots and reveled in the creative freedom their music allowed her.

"I find its simplicity very attractive," she says. "And a simple song can go very deep. This music speaks to people who don't regard themselves as classical specialists. It comes from a time when there was no equivalent to our divide between classical and pop music: it was simply the music everybody heard and sang. Some of these songs would have been performed in churches, but some are street music, and others were just intended for people to come together and play, rather than perform for an audience. It's very much ensemble music, rather than about who is going to shine the brightest, and be the star."

This sense of collaboration extends to the unique ensemble she has partnered with. Since its founding in 1998, Private Musicke (the name is taken from a 1620 collection of consort music by the English composer Martin Peerson) has undertaken numerous projects and collaborations and has appeared at various European early music festivals. The actual instrumentation of the group changes from viols to plucked instruments and a combination of both depending on the needs of the music. Additional percussion instruments are sometimes added for authentic flair.

Both Kozená and the musicians of Private Musicke were empowered to make bold personal statements with each work. Perhaps the most extraordinary work in this collection is Tarquinio Merula's "Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna," a cradle song of the Virgin Mary. As much a lament as a lullaby, the song unfolds over just two plucked chords which the ensemble elaborates with exquisite delicacy, gradually deepening the color. After her desperate description of the physical torments her child will later endure, the singer finally sends herself -- and her baby- - into a state of repose. The instrumental gear-change accompanying this resolution is magical. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0028947787648
catalogNumber:
1154125

Tracks

  1. Folle e ben che si crede  - Tarquinio Merula  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  2. Espanoletas, for guitar (or harp)  - Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  3. Udite, amanti, for voice & continuo  - Barbara Strozzi  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  4. Capriccio sopra la Ciacona, for guitar  - Giovanni Paolo Foscarini  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  5. Torna il Sereno Zefiro for voice solo  - Sigismondo d'India  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  6. Consonanze stravaganti, for organ  - Giovanni de Macque  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  7. Con le stelle in ciel che mai  - Biagio Marini  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  8. Ma che? Squallido e oscuro, for voice  - Sigismondo d'India  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Torquato Tasso  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  9. Canarios [I], for guitar (Instrucción de Música sobre la Guitarra Española, Book 1)  - Gaspar Sanz  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  10. Or che'è tempo di dormire, canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna  - Tarquinio Merula  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  11. Caravanda ciacona, for consort  - Luis de Briçeño  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  12. Odi, Euterpe  - Giulio Caccini  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  13. Si dolce è'l tormento, madrigal for solo voice, SV 332  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Carlo Milanuzzi  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr
  14. Crud'Amarilli (from "Libro Primo de Madrigali a Cinque Voci)  - Sigismondo d'India  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Giovanni Battista Guarini  - Magdalena Kozená  - Fred Munzmaier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Marita Prohmann  - Pierre Pitzl  - Pierre Pitzl  - Private Musicke  - Geertje Lenkeit  - Alexander Buhr

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