Songs, Arias & Madrigals from the 17th century
Robert Johnson, Antonio Draghi, Maurice Green, William Byrd, Gabriel Voigtländer, Jacopo Peri, Johann Erasmus Kindermann, Francesco Rasi, Claudio Monteverdi, Luigi Rossi, Thomas Campion, Henry Purcell, Domenico Belli, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Antoine Francisque, Johann Steffens
Julian Pregardien, Tenor Teatro del Mondo, Andreas Küppers
Around 1600 the early Baroque solo song with instrumental accompaniment began
sharing the musical stage with polyphonic Renaissance vocal works of contrapuntal
stamp. Although this period was distinguished by musical forms of great diversity
and variability, there was one clear premise: the immediacy of musical expression.
Consequently, the person of Orpheus became one of the most important figures.
He was the singer who accompanied himself on the lyre and expressed his deepest
feelings textually and musically. Here, tenor Julian Prégardien teams
up with the ensemble Teatro del Mondo led by Andreas Küppers, who has assisted
René Jacobs and others for many years, to trace the representation and
reception of this mythical singer in the seventeenth century. Accompanied by
a great many instruments, the musicians cover the first operas in Italy, spend
time with part songs and lute songs from England, and discover song collections
from Germany. Dances and diminutions function as interludes. This is a CD like
a painting: Orpheus sings and plays in the midst of shepherds, nymphs, animals,
trees, and stones.
|Release Period||May 2018|