Cappella Artemisia

Cappella Artemisia

My Sister, My Spouse
The Song of Songs in the Convents

Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 3:00 pm
St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
4440 N. Campbell Ave. (at River Road)

Program

Banchieri – En dilectus meus
Aleotti – Vidi speciosam sicut columbam; Surge propera amica mea
Bargnani – Canzon XV a 5 (sopra la Monica)
Vizana – Sonet vox tua
Perucona – Propera veni dilecte mi
Gallo – Veni electa mea
Reina – Surge filia Sion
Cima – Surge propera à 2 in Ecco
Monteverdi/Coppini – Pulchrae sunt genae tuae
Frescobaldi – Partite sopra la Monicha
Monferrato – O quam pulchra es
Tressina – Vulnerasti cor meum; Anima mea liquifacta est
Cozzolani – Psallite superi

Cappella Artemisia is an ensemble of female singers and instrumentalists dedicated to performing music from Italian convents of the 16th and 17th centuries. Its repertoire includes forgotten works composed by nuns themselves, as well as music written by celebrated male composers and intended for performance in the convents. The beautifully sensual texts of the Canticum canticorum were often set to music in the 16th and 17th centuries, both outside and inside the convent walls. Despite the complex polyphony of the repertoire, which frequently includes parts for tenors and basses, this music is presented here for the first time, as it would originally have been heard: without male voices.

"Extremely moving and sensual… A rare find."
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