Music from Switzerland–O Dulcis Amor

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Program: #08-18   Air Date: Apr 21, 2008

The Basel-based ensemble La Villanella shares vocal works by great women composers of the early Italian Baroque--some familiar, like Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini, and some less-frequently heard, like Caterina Assandra and Vittoria Aleotti.

NOTE: All of the music on this program comes from the recording O Dulcis Amor featuring the ensemble La Villanella Basel and dedicated to women composers of the early Baroque era. This all-woman ensemble was founded in Basel in the Luther memorial year of 1996. All five women are graduates of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

 This recording, on the Ramee label, is CD # RAM 0401. For information:

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CATERINA ASSANDRA (c.1590-after 1618): Impleos nostrum ("Fill us, O Lord, with Your praise")
Ave verum corpus ("Hail, true Body")
Haec dies ("This is the day the Lord hath made")
Ego flos campi ("I am the flower of the field")
O dulcis amor Jesu ("O sweet beloved Jesus")

VITTORIA ALEOTTI (c. 1575-after 1620): Hor che la vaga Aurora ("Now, the beautiful Aurora")
Cor mio perche pur piangi ("My heart, why are you weeping?")
Mentre l'ardite labbia ("While the burning lips driven by desire")

FRANCESCA CACCINI (1587-after 1641): Per la piu vaga e bella ("For the most delightful and beautiful")
Lasciatemi qui solo ("Leave me here alone")

BARBARA STROZZI (1619-after 1664): L'amante bugiardo (The Cheating Lover: "You infect my lighthearted days")
Amor dormiglione (Love the Sleeper: "Love, do not sleep anymore!")
Sete pur fastidioso ("You are truly aggravating")
L'eraclito amoroso (Heraclitus in Love: "Listen, lovers, to this account")

ISABELLA LEONARDA (1620-1704): Sonata duodecima
Iam diu dilecte mi Iesu ("For a long time, Jesus,I have been longing for you")

Composer Info

CATERINA ASSANDRA (c.1590-after 1618), VITTORIA ALEOTTI (c. 1575-after 1620), FRANCESCA CACCINI (1587-after 1641), BARBARA STROZZI (1619-after 1664), ISABELLA LEONARDA (1620-1704)

CD Info

CD # RAM 0401

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