[ Harmonia Mundi Gold / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 29 September 2008
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The theme of the deploration represents one of the keystones of the Italian baroque revolution in the first half of the 17th century. These lamenti constituted the ideal framework for putting into practice the latest discoveries in expressive solo singing. Freed from the subtleties of counterpoint, it was now able to communicate the emotion expressed in the words directly to the listener. In this respect sacred music was not far behind and it is easy to understand why the plaints of Mary Magdalene at the foot of the Cross were so abundant, especially in Rome where religious music had always occupied a more important position than elsewhere. The solo motets of Rossi, Agneletti, Mazzocchi and Frescobaldi bear dazzling witness to this specifically Roman musical activity.
"Kiehr's supple and expressive voice in music that needs this kind of committed advocacy. Kiehr has chosen works which skilfully blend dramatic scena with contemplative radiance, and with her significantly sensitive accompanists, Concerto Soave, has found a winning formula to project the best of the solo motet tradition."
1 Gloria Giovanni-Battista Agneletti 4'11
2 Pender non prima vide sopra vil tronco Luigi Rossi 13'50
3 Dove, dove sparir Girolamo Frescobaldi 2'24
4 Toccata per l'arpa. Canzon Girolamo Frescobaldi 3'05
5 A piè della gran Croce Girolamo Frescobaldi 2'38
6 Toccata Settima per clavicembalo Michelangelo Rossi 3'55
7 Dominus illuminatio mea Bonifatio Gratiani 8'18
8 Dunque ove tu Signor Domenico Mazzocchi 2'00
9 Lagrime Amare Domenico Mazzocchi 5'01
10 Toccata per liuto Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger 2'18
11 Homai le luci erranti Domenico Mazzocchi 3'28
12 Heu me miseram et infelicem Ercole Bernabei 5'12
13 Queste pungenti spine Benedetto Ferrari 13'58