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In this recital, recorded in 2002 at Länna Church in Sweden, Emma Kirkby is accompanied by Jacob Lindberg, theorbo and archlute, and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord, each of whom provide excellent solo performances -- an archlute Sonata by Zamboni, and a Passacaglia by one Bernardo Storace.

The six impressive Amodei vocal pieces include a fine cantata dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, Lieve al piè, grave al passo ('With fleeting foot but solemn tread, lovely, unsullied Galilee ... presses the Hebrew lands'). And there is a lightness that could inspire dancing in their performance -- 'Palestine's horizons ... before the goddess now incline' [listen -- track 12, 1:15-1:57].

Recorded with a warm and resonant acoustic, this is a CD of rare beauty that will be treasured.

Copyright © 22 December 2004 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Cataldo Amodei - Kirkby, Lindberg, Mortensen

BIS-CD-1415 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 78'37" 2003/2004 BIS Records AB

Emma Kirkby, soprano; Jakob Lindberg, theorbo and archlute; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord

Cataldo Amodei (1649-1693): Su l'ore che l'aurora (for voice, harpsichord and theorbo); Tra l'erbette il piè sciogliea (for voice and harpsichord); Giovanni Zamboni (?-?): Sonata in C minor (for archlute); Cataldo Amodei: Va', ché l'hai fatto a me (for voice and archlute); Già col manto dell'ombre (for voice and harpsichord); Bernardo Storace (?-?): Passagagli sopra Alamire (for harpsichord solo); Cataldo Amodei: Colà dove il Sebeto (for voice and archlute); Lieve al piè, grave al passo (Cantata sacra per la Beatissima Vergine) (for voice, harpsichord and theorbo)


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