Program: #16-20, Air Date: 05/09/16Two from the Tenet Ensemble, and a Sephardic Journey with Apollo’s Fire.
NOTE: All of the music on this program features music from the Avie label. For more information:
I. Uno + One: Italian Nostra (Tenet Ensemble/Jolle Greenleaf). Avie CD AV2303.
The pre-eminent New York-based vocal ensemble TENET debuts on Avie with ‘UNO + ONE: Italia Nostra’, an imaginatively programmed and idiomatically performed recording that features the canzonette, arie and scherzi by Monteverdi, alongside contemporary Italian masters Castaldi, Castello, Kapsberger, Pesenti and Rossi.
‘UNO + ONE: Italia Nostra’ reflects TENET’s hallmark qualities of innovative programming, virtuosic singing, and a particular command of repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. At the heart of ‘UNO + ONE’ are the canzonette, arie and scherzi by Monteverdi, a composer with whom TENET is indelibly associated due to their groundbreaking annual performances of the towering Vespers of 1610, which they inaugurated in the work’s 400th anniversary year of 2010. Sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, together with their instrumental colleagues - the crème de la crème of the New York early music scene - offer inspired and idiomatic performances of these sublime gems alongside works by contemporary Italian masters Bellerofonte Castaldi, Johannes Kapsberger, Martino Pesenti and Luigi Rossi.n imaginative recording that reflects the group’s hallmark qualities of innovative programming, virtuosic singing, and a particular command of repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. At the heart of UNO + ONE are the canzonette, arie and scherzi by Monteverdi, a composer with whom TENET is indelibly associated due to their groundbreaking annual performances of the towering Vespers of 1610 which they inaugurated in the work’s 400th anniversary year of 2010. Sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, together with their instrumental colleagues – the crème de la crème of the New York early music scene – offer inspired and idiomatic performances of these sublime gems alongside works by contemporary Italian masters Bellerofonte Castaldi, Johannes Kapsberger, Martino Pesenti and Luigi Rossi.
II. Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell). Ave CD AV2361.
From AllMusic.com: The Cleveland, Ohio early music group Apollo's Fire and its director, Jeannette Sorrell, here attempt something unusual on two different fronts, which makes Sephardic Journey recommendable right off the bat. First of all, the music here will be unfamiliar to most listeners who haven't specifically studied the world of Spain's Sephardic Jews and their diaspora. Soprano Nell Snaidas has studied the medieval Jewish-Spanish Ladino language of the folkish songs, and baritone Jeffrey Strauss has not only sung in Hebrew, but instructed the choir in the liturgical pieces. Few listeners will know of the music of early Baroque composer Salomone Rossi, who impressed his Christian patrons in Mantua and contributed music to their festive ceremonies; his work was so highly valued that he was exempted from wearing the Star of David required for other Jews. His settings of the Songs of Solomon, composed largely in secret for Jewish observances, are impressive examples of the Monteverdi style with a good deal of Byrd-like inward power that the singers of Apollo's Fire capture effectively. Sample Rossi's setting of Psalm 112 (track 14) for a taste. Beyond these novelties lies yet a deeper one: Sorrell combines music of several centuries in a convincing thematic way that has rarely been matched, whether dealing with Jewish music or some other tradition. She organizes the program into themes of Jewish life, beginning with a longing for Jerusalem, and proceeding to "The Temple," "Love and Romance," "The Sabbath," and "Feasting and Celebration." These hold together the various kinds of music included to a degree that indicates the underlying cultural unity of it all -- which is precisely Sorrell's point. This is something of a heartland American counterpart to the thematic albums of Jordi Savall, and it works remarkably well.
O Jerusalem! - traditional Sephardic songs
1. Ir Me Kero, Madre, A Yerushalayim, Arr. J. Sorrel
2. Kuando El Rey Nimrod (Avram Avinu), Arr. J. Sorrell
The Temple - Traditional Sephardic liturgical chants, arr. J. Sorrell
3. Avinu Malkeinu
4. Lecha Dodi
5. Salamone Rossi Hebreo: Sonata In Dialogo Detta La Viena
6. Salamone Rossi Hebreo: Al Naharot Bavel (By The Rivers Of Babylon - Psalm 137), From The Songs Of Solomon
7. Salamone Rossi Hebreo: Yitgaddal V’yitkaddash (Kaddish), From The Songs Of Solomon
Love & Romance - Traditional Ladino Songs
8. Ah, El Novio No Kere Dinero (Ah, The Bridegroom Wants No Money) - Arr. J. Sorrell
9. La Rosa Enflorese (The Rose Blooms)
10. Adio Kerida (Farewell, My Beloved) - Arr. J. Sorrell
11. La Komida La Manyana
12. A La Una Yo Nací (At One I Was Born) - Arr. J. Sorrell
13. Ki Eshmera Shabbat (If I Guard The Sabbath)
Feasting & Celebration - Salamone Rossi Hebreo:
14. Halleluyah Ashre ‘ish (Psalm 112) - From The Songs Of Solomon
15. Taksim (improvisation)
16. Tzur Mishelo Akhalnu (sacred Hebrew Poem For End Of Sabbath Meal) - Arr. J. Sorrell
17. Sonata Sopra La Bergamasca (Sonatas, Bk. IV, No. 12)
18. Sinfonia Settimadecima & Galliarda Detta La Zambalina (Sinfonie E Galliarde, Bk. II)
19. Hazeremos Una Merenda | Kita'l Tas - Tas - Trad. Ladino Feasting Songs, Arr. N. Snaidas
20. La Komida La Manyana (The Morning Meal) - Trad. Ladino Song, Arr. R. Schiffer, J. Sorrell, N. Snaidas
III. The Secret Lover (Tenet Ensemble/Jolle Greenleaf). Avie CD AV2326.
TENET presents 'The Secret Lover', celebrating music by, for and about women paying tribute to the 17th century Concerto Delle Donne, a trio of extraordinarily gifted professional female singers who were renowned for their performances in the courts of the late Italian Renaissance.
Three of TENET's own leading ladies - sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, and mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken Kelsey - honour the spirit of these pioneering women with a recording featuring solos and trios that weave a story thread to create a musical portrayal of three women and their complex emotional lives. As a 21st century tribute, TENET has commissioned a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, which they perform alongside music by Caccini, Rossi, Strozzi and others.
Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)
1. Chiome d’oro (3:04)
2. Ardo, e scoprir (3:36)
Bellerofonte Castaldi (1581 – 1649)
3. Un bocconcino di fantasia (2:46)
4. Io son pur vezzosetta pastorella (3:33)
5. Ohimè ch’io cado (4:29)
Luigi Rossi (c. 1597 – 1653)
6. Occhi belli (3:09)
Dario Castello (c. 1590 – c. 1658)
7. Sonata 4, Book 2 (6:24)
Martino Pesenti (c. 1600 – c. 1648)
8. Ardo ma non ardisco (6:22)
Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger (c. 1580 – 1651)
9. Toccata arpeggiata (3:13)
10. Quel sguardo sdegnosetto (2:04)
11. Zefiro torna (6:44)
12. Soave libertate (3:36)
13. Pur ti miro (4:19)
Total Running Time: 53:19
Monteverdi, Bellerofonte Castaldi (1581 – 1649), Johannes Kapsberger, Martino Pesenti, Luigi Rossi (c. 1597 – 1653), Salomone Rossi, Caccini, F, Frescobaldi , India, Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger (c. 1580 – 1651), Mazzocchi D , Ortiz D, Rossi M, Shaw C , Strozzi, Dario Castello (c. 1590 – c. 1658)
CD AV2303, CD AV2361, CD AV2326.