Les Sirènes

Les Sirènes

Virtuosi Italiani
The Florid Style of Monteverdi and Handel

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 3:00 pm
St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
4440 N. Campbell Ave. (at River Road)

Program

Monteverdi – Zefira torna
Monteverdi– Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben?
Monteverdi– Quel sguardo sdegnosetto
Monteverdi– Si dolce è'l tormento
Frescobaldi – Cento partite sopra passacagli
Monteverdi– O come sei gentile
Monteverdi– Pur ti miro
Handel – Quel fior che all'alba ride, HWV 192
Geminiani – Sonata No. 6, Op. 5 in A minor
Handel– Và speme infida, HWV 199
Handel– Per te lasciai la luce, HWV 99
Handel– Bella gloria in campo armato, HWV 163
Handel– No, di voi non vo' fidarmi, HWV 189

Les Sirènes takes audiences on an exploration of the soprano voice and the baroque vocal repertory. The members of Les Sirènes, sopranos Kathryn Mueller and Kristen Watson, harpsichordist Michael Sponseller, and cellist Cora Swenson, are young stars in the world of early music, with solo careers spanning the globe. They are among the five finalists chosen this year in the Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition. Two of the greatest composers of the flamboyant baroque style were Monteverdi and Handel. Though separated by more than a century, both composers clearly reveled in writing for the soprano voice. Handel was greatly influenced by the Italian operatic tradition begun by Monteverdi and his contemporaries. This program includes Handel's tour de force duet, "No, di voi non vo' fidarmi" and the luscious final duet from Monteverdi's opera L'incoronazione di Poppea.

“Their exquisitely matched style and phrasing … commanded our undivided attention.”
The Boston Musical Intelligencer