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Lamento - arias by Monteverdi, Rossi, Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Carissimi, Kapsberger, Provenzale et al. / Romina Basso, mezzosoprano; Latinitas Notra Ens.

Album Summary

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Ferma lascia ch'io parli "Il lamento di Maria de Scozia"
>Strozzi, Barbara : Lamento, cantata ("Lagrime mie, a che vi trattenete"), Op. 7
>Provenzale, Francesco : Squarciato appena havea, for voice & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is the first recital recording of mezzo-soprano Romina Basso, yet one of the most touching and outstanding baroque singers of our time. Recorded in Athens with Greek musicians gathered in Latinitas Notra ensemble and led by Markellos Chryssicos, this striking tape offers incandescent and quite unique performances of Italian baroque masterpieces that feature among the most heart-stretching musical pieces of all times: Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna, Rossi's Lamento della regina di Svezia, Strozzi's Lagrime mie, Provenzale's Squarciato appena avea...

BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
The declamatory idiom requires an actor as much as a singer, and Romina Basso certainly fits the bill. She weeps, sighs, rages and pleads, wringing high drama from these emotive texts - a veritable Maria Callas of Baroque music.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Basso sings with emotional virtuosity in an intensely plangent performance [of the Strozzi].

The Guardian, 26th June 2014
Among the greatest of all baroque interpreters, Basso is breathtakingly expressive and persuasive...Exceptional.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
In all of this, Romina Basso and Latinitas Nostra show complete command of nuance. Basso's ability to subtly shade her dynamics and tone color is absolutely gorgeous. It is exactly the kind of care this music demands; and the continuo players contribute to the dramatic character of these cantatas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cultural Centre Philadelphia, Athens, Greece (02/2010).

Includes work(s): frescobaldi: capriccio 9 di durezze; mont by various composers.

Includes work(s): kapsberger: toccata seconda arpeggiat; ro by various composers.



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Works Details

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Ferma lascia ch'io parli "Il lamento di Maria de Scozia"
  • Performer: Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos
  • Ensemble: Latinitas Nostra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1650

>Strozzi, Barbara : Lamento, cantata ("Lagrime mie, a che vi trattenete"), Op. 7
  • Performer: Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Latinitas Nostra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1659

>Provenzale, Francesco : Squarciato appena havea, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Haris Andrianos (Voice); Theodora Baka (Mezzo Soprano); Romina Basso (Mezzo Soprano); George Garavounis (Percussion); Simos Papanas (Violin); Nikos Spanatis (Voice); Paul Zachariades (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Latinitas Nostra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal