Founding members Sherezade Panthaki (soprano), Jay Carter (counter-tenor), Daniel Carberg (tenor) and Matthew Leese (baritone) are joined by guest artists Youngmi Kim (soprano) and Michel Angers (theorbo).
The long-awaited second CD from Gravitación is an emotionally intense collection of virtuoso Italian madrigals by Monteverdi, D'India, Schütz, Rossi, Peri, Luzzaschi and Lotti. Vocal textures are fully exploited from solo, duet and quartet to quintet with theorbo (an oversized lute with rich bass strings).
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The Pleasures of Love and Libation: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian Women
With La Donna Musicale:
Sherezade Panthaki, Yulia Van Doren, sopranos; Lydia H. Knutson, mezzo-soprano; Daniela Tosic, mezzo-sopranos; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; David Olsen, bass; Justin Godoy, recorder; Na'ama Lion, baroque flute; Cécile Garcia-Moeller, violin; Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, harp; Catherine Liddell, theorbo; Noriko Yasuda, harpsichord; Ruth McKay, organ, harpsichord; Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba, director.
La Donna Musicale’s newest CD departs from the sacred theme of previous releases as the ensemble explores the decidedly secular contribution of Parisian women to the French Baroque and Rococo genres of the airs sérieux and airs à boire (serious and drinking songs). These song forms celebrate passionate longing and dissolute intoxication. Julie Pinel (fl. 1737) is our featured composer, and we include several selections from her 1737 publication Nouveau recueil d’airs. Music composed by unknown Parisian women and by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre is included as well. This CD recreates the luxuriant environment of an intimate Parisian salon, replete with the sounds of voices in solo, duo, and trio settings, with flute accompaniment and supported by the captivating tones of the theorbo, baroque harp, harpsichord, and viola da gamba.
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Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Pablo Cora, haute-contre; Daniel Carberg, tenor; Matthew Leese, baritone
Gravitacion’s debut CD Elements features a stunning array of Medieval and Renaissance repertory, recognizing the levels on which humanity is defined, combining science nature, the quest for heavenly inspiration, and sacred fulfillment. The recording includes music by Hildegard von Bingen, Compère, Moulu, Josquin, Ciconia, Byrd and others.
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Antonia Bembo: The Seven Psalms of David, volume 2
With La Donna Musicale:
Sherezade Panthaki, Margaret Hunter, sopranos; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Frederick Jodry, bass; Na'ama Lion, baroque flute; Laura Gulley, Jennifer Schiller, Cécile Garcia-Moeller, violins; Sonia Lee, Noriko Yasuda, harpsichord; Ruth McKay, organ, harpsichord; Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba, director.
La Donna Musicale’s second CD concludes the first-ever recording of The Seven Psalms of David by 17th century Franco-Italian composer Antonia Padoani Bembo. Bembo sets the penitential psalms of her contemporary, poet Elisabeth-Sophie Chéron, providing a musical interpretation of Chéron’s passionate verse. Like Volume I, this new recording also includes instrumental music by Bembo’s contemporary, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.
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Contact La Donna Musicale at 617-461-6973; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org