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Ciuilio Caccini and His Circle

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Giulio Caccini and his Circle gives SOMM the opportunity to explore new territory with this young and wonderful Ensemble – La Nuova Musica – founded  last year by countertenor and Director David Bates.  The Ensemble consists of six singers, harpsichord and chitarrone in a recording which includes Songs from Caccini’s Nuove Musiche as well as Madrigals and instrumental pieces by Monteverdi, Castaldi, Kapsberger, Frescobaldi and Peter Philips.

La Nuova Musica
Directed by David Bates

The name of the Ensemble, Nuova Musica, is taken from Giulio Caccini’s treatise of 1602, Le Nuove Musiche, which is concerned with vocal production, the so-called “sprezzatura” – the unforced ease of accomplishment and sense of effortless superiority — and how best to move the passions.

To date La Nuova Musica has performed many wide-ranging programmes in a wide variety of venues. They look forward to an exciting season of concerts. Among other engagements they travel to Aldeburgh for a residency in March, and as part of the Easter Aldeburgh Festival will perform Schulz’s Musikalisches Exequiem and Bach Motets in Blytheburgh Church on Good Friday. In May they will perform Monteverdi Vespers and Grandi motets at the Wigmore Hall and Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the 2009 London Handel Festival with Lucy Crowe and Mark Wilde. A second disc with SOMM Recordings, of Purcell’s and Blow’s song and instrumental works is to be recorded in December 2008.

On This Recording

  1. Madrigals, Book 5 (Il quinto libro de madrigali): Madrigals, Book 5 (Il quinto libro de madrigali), SV 94-106: E cosi a poco a poco, SV 105
  2. Movetevi a pieta: Movetevi a pieta del mio tormento
  3. Queste lagrim’amare
  4. Dolcissimo sospiro
  5. Tasteggio soave
  6. Amor, io parto, e sento nel partire
  7. Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Sfogava con le stelle, SV 87
  8. Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali): Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Non più guerra, pietate SV 88
  9. Non più guerra, pietate
  10. Toccata
  11. Madrigals, Book 3 (Il terzo libro de madrigali): Madrigals, Book 3 (Il terzo libro de madrigali), SV 60-74: Perfidissimo volto, SV 69
  12. Perfidissimo volto
  13. Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo et organo: Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, libro primo: Toccata decima
  14. Vedro ‘l mio sol, vedro prima ch’io muoia
  15. Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella (My beautiful Amaryllis)
  16. Madrigals, Book 5 (Il quinto libro de madrigali): Madrigals, Book 5 (Il quinto libro de madrigali), SV 94-106: Cruda Amarili, che col nome ancora, SV 94
  17. Amarilli: Amarilli (after G. Caccini)
  18. Sfogava con le stelle
  19. Fortunato augellino
  20. Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali): Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Quell’augellin che canta SV 87
  21. Dovro dunque morire
  22. Filli, mirando il cielo
  23. Il rapimento di Cefalo: Il rapimento di Cefalo: Ineffabile ardore