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Heroines of Love and Loss / Ruby Hughes, soprano; Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann, cello; Jonas Nordberg, lute

Album Summary

>Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymus : Toccata Arpeggiata for lute (from Book 1 of D'Intravolatura di Lauto)
>Purcell, Henry : If music be the food of love, Z 379
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata for Cello in G minor, RV 42
>Bennet, John : Venus' Birds
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata for Cello in G minor
>Strozzi, Barbara : L'Eraclito Amoroso, cantata, Op. 2
>Piccinini, Alessandro : Ciaccona Mariona (Intavolatura di Liuto, Book 2)
>Sessa, Claudia : Occhi io vissi di voi
>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
>Caccini, Francesca : Lasciatemi qui solo, aria for voice & continuo (from Il primo libro delle Musiche, Firenze)
>Strozzi, Barbara : Lamento, cantata ("Lagrime mie, a che vi trattenete"), Op. 7
>Vizzana, Lucrezia Orsina : O magnum mysterium, motet (from Componimenti musicali)
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aenaeas
>Boleyn, Anne (Queen of England) : O Deathe, Rock Me Asleepe
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Notes & Reviews:

The women appearing before our ears throughout this program range from the Virgin Mary and Dido, queen of Carthage, to Shakespeare's Desdemona and the unfortunate Anne Boleyn, waiting for her execution in the Tower of London in 1536. But the disc also features four other heroines - the Italian composers Claudia Sessa, Francesca Caccini, Lucrezia Vizzana and Barbara Strozzi. All active between 1590 - 1675, they will have required great courage to rise above the social conventions of the time, but this surprisingly productive period for female composers also offered an opportunity that would disappear in later centuries: the all-female environment provided by the convent. More than half of the women who published music before 1700 were nuns, including Sessa and Vizzana, who are here represented by brief meditations on teh suffering and death of Christ. Caccini and Strozzi, on the other hand, lived very much in the secular world - Caccini at the Florentine court and Strozzi as a free-lance musician and cmoposer in Venice. Unhindered by the restrictions imposed by the church on sacred music they both adhered to the new stile moderno championed by Claudio Monteverdi. Celebrated for their singing, they composed vocal music which makes 'the words the mistress of the harmony and not the servant', to quote Monteverdi's brother Giulio Cesare. The soprano Ruby Hughes has already made her name for herself in a wide-ranging repertoire, but has a special love for the constellation of lute, cello and voice. With Jonas Nordberg and Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann - who also contribute instrumental solos - she here reveals in the dramatic and expressive potential offered by this trio combination, and by the music by these female composers and their English colleagues Henry Purcell and John Bennet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Länna Church, Sweden (04/2016/05/2016).



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Works Details

>Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymus : Toccata Arpeggiata for lute (from Book 1 of D'Intravolatura di Lauto)
  • Performer: Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1611

>Purcell, Henry : If music be the food of love, Z 379
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata for Cello in G minor, RV 42 :: I. Preludio. Largo
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Bennet, John : Venus' Birds
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata for Cello in G minor :: II. Allemanda. Andante
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Strozzi, Barbara : L'Eraclito Amoroso, cantata, Op. 2
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1651

>Piccinini, Alessandro : Ciaccona Mariona (Intavolatura di Liuto, Book 2)
  • Performer: Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sessa, Claudia : Occhi io vissi di voi
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.

>Caccini, Francesca : Lasciatemi qui solo, aria for voice & continuo (from Il primo libro delle Musiche, Firenze)
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1618

>Strozzi, Barbara : Lamento, cantata ("Lagrime mie, a che vi trattenete"), Op. 7
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1659

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata for Cello in G minor :: III. Sarabanda. Largo
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sonata for Cello in G minor :: IV. Giga. Allegro
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vizzana, Lucrezia Orsina : O magnum mysterium, motet (from Componimenti musicali)
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aenaeas
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1689

>Boleyn, Anne (Queen of England) : O Deathe, Rock Me Asleepe
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Jonas Nordberg (Archlute); Jonas Nordberg (Lute); Jonas Nordberg (Theorbo); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance