Emma Kirkby sings music by Cataldo Amodei -
'... a CD of rare beauty ...'
If you can be swept away with delight by the late seventeenth century's decorative
clarity, economy, and serenity, the unrivalled voice of Emma Kirkby and the
discovery of an unfamiliar Sicilian composer of sacred and devotional music
will certainly provide considerable pleasure.
Cataldo Vito Amodei, born
in 1649, showed such a remarkable early talent as a singer that the rival
aristocratic salons of the time fought to employ his genius. He soon tired
of the limitations of the island, and went to Naples at the age of twenty,
securing enviably high positions as choirmaster and teacher before the
neglect of his many heavy duties earned him dismissal and left him free to
compose, which he did to great acclaim. He died in 1693, and the most
famous musicians in Naples played at his funeral.
Copyright © 22 December 2004
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK