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Lettere Amorose / Magdalena Kozená, mezzo

Audio Samples

>Vitali, Filippo : O bei lumi, for voice & ensemble (Musiche a una e due voci, Book 2)
>d'India, Sigismondo : Crud'Amarilli (from "Libro Primo de Madrigali a Cinque Voci)
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 9
>Caccini, Giulio : Le nuove musiche
>Briçeño, Luis de : Caravanda ciacona, for consort
>Merula, Tarquinio : Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13
>Sanz, Gaspar : Canarios
>d'India, Sigismondo : Ma che? Squallido e oscuro, for voice
>Marini, Biagio : Con le stelle in ciel che mai
>Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymus : Felici gl'animi, for voice & ensemble (from Libro quarto di villanelle)
>Macque, Giovanni de : Consonanze stravaganti, W 37
>Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymus : Aurilla mia, quando m'accese, for voice & ensemble (from Libro secondo di villanelle)
>d'India, Sigismondo : Le musiche, book 5
>Foscarini, Giovanni Paolo : Capriccio sopra la Ciacona, for guitar
>Strozzi, Barbara : Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2
>Ribayaz, Lucas Ruiz de : Luz y norte musical

Album Summary

>Vitali, Filippo : O bei lumi, for voice & ensemble (Musiche a una e due voci, Book 2)
>d'India, Sigismondo : Crud'Amarilli (from "Libro Primo de Madrigali a Cinque Voci)
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 9
>Caccini, Giulio : Le nuove musiche
>Briçeño, Luis de : Caravanda ciacona, for consort
>Merula, Tarquinio : Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13
>Sanz, Gaspar : Canarios
>d'India, Sigismondo : Ma che? Squallido e oscuro, for voice
>Marini, Biagio : Con le stelle in ciel che mai
>Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymus : Felici gl'animi, for voice & ensemble (from Libro quarto di villanelle)
>Macque, Giovanni de : Consonanze stravaganti, W 37
>Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymus : Aurilla mia, quando m'accese, for voice & ensemble (from Libro secondo di villanelle)
>d'India, Sigismondo : Le musiche, book 5
>Foscarini, Giovanni Paolo : Capriccio sopra la Ciacona, for guitar
>Strozzi, Barbara : Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2
>Ribayaz, Lucas Ruiz de : Luz y norte musical
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Magdalena Koená explores the early Italian Baroque music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries with rewarding results. Inspired by the improvisational nature of much of this music, Koená reveals yet another aspect of her musical personality. Teamed with the six string-instrumentalists and percussion of the acclaimed consort group Private Musicke, Magdalena Koená delivers an album in a fascinatingly different setting from any of her previous Baroque recordings. In music ranging from simple lamento to rollicking dance tunes, Magdalena Koená unleashes her refined vocal and expressive abilities to convey every nuance implicit in the music and the texts.

"The Czech mezzo... produces one of the loveliest sounds to be heard on the world's stages - a flowing, spring-water-like tone that evokes the term 'luminous'." (Opera News)

"She soars the heights and plumbs the depths with fitting ardour . . . it is hard not to be swept away by such intensely felt and highly dramatic readings . . . Pierre Pitzl -- a veritable Jimi Hendrix of the Baroque guitar -- and his crack instrumental ensemble enrich the spare simplicity of the written scores with endlessly varied and inventive realisations on bowed and plucked strings. These are vibrant, virtuoso performances, never slacking in their spontaneity and energy. With its plus recorded sound, this is a disc to wallow in." -BBC Music Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potsdam, Nikolaisaal (09/2009-10/2009).



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Works Details

>Vitali, Filippo : O bei lumi, for voice & ensemble (Musiche a una e due voci, Book 2)
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>d'India, Sigismondo : Crud'Amarilli (from "Libro Primo de Madrigali a Cinque Voci)
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 9
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1624

>Caccini, Giulio : Le nuove musiche
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Luis de Briçeño (fl. 16th Century) : Caravanda ciacona, for consort
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Merula, Tarquinio : Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Sanz, Gaspar : Canarios
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1674

>d'India, Sigismondo : Ma che? Squallido e oscuro, for voice
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Marini, Biagio : Con le stelle in ciel che mai
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymus : Felici gl'animi, for voice & ensemble (from Libro quarto di villanelle)
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Macque, Giovanni de : Consonanze stravaganti, W 37
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymus : Aurilla mia, quando m'accese, for voice & ensemble (from Libro secondo di villanelle)
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>d'India, Sigismondo : Le musiche, book 5
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Foscarini, Giovanni Paolo : Capriccio sopra la Ciacona, for guitar
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1630

>Strozzi, Barbara : Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Ribayaz, Lucas Ruiz de : Luz y norte musical
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Merula, Tarquinio : Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Pitzl
  • Ensemble: Private Musicke
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque