A 17th-Century Musical Travelogue

August 3, 2022, 10:00 pm

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Jupiter and Antiope by Titian

Nicholas Lanier was the first Master of the King’s Music and just possibly the greatest British composer you’ve never heard of. On this edition of Baroque&Before, we’ll join this lutenist, courtier and musical adventurer on a voyage across Europe for a tale of elegance, innovation and simply ravishing sounds. Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music travel with Lanier from the corridors of the Stuart court to Antwerp, Milan and Venice, encountering the music of Sweelinck, Frescobaldi and Leonora Duarte, as well as Monteverdi himself.

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John Dowland (1563-1626)
Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite
Anna Dennis, soprano; Thomas Walker, tenor; Jessica Gillingwater, soprano; Martha McClorinan, alto; Jimmy Holliday, bass

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Lamento d’Arianna, SV. 22
Anna Dennis, soprano

Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666)
Sinfonia; No more shall meads (Love’s Constancy)

Robert Ramsey (ca 1590-1644) arr. Lanier
In Guilty Night

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
Recercar settimo (‘sopra sol, mi, fa, la, sol’)
Stephen Farr, organ

Leonora Duarte (1610-1678)
Sinfonia No. 6

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Poi che voi non volete ch’io vi baci

Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)
Un jour vis un foulon

Claudia Francesca Rusca (1593-1676)
Sacri Concerti à 1​-​5 con Salmi e Canzoni Francesi: Canzona prima á 4 (‘La Borromea’)

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Cruda Amarilli

Tobias Hume (ca 1579-1645)
Captain Humes Musicall Humors: Harke, Harke, No 11; Captain Humes Pavan, No. 47
Reiko Ichise, viola da gamba

Biagio Marini (1594-1663)
Sonata Quarta per sonar com due corde, Op.8
Persephone Gibbs, violin

Francesca Caccini (1587-1641)
Lasciatemi qui solo

Nicholas Lanier
Hero’s Complaint To Leander
Anna Dennis, soprano

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Tirsi e Clori
Anna Dennis, soprano; Thomas Walker, tenor

Academy of Ancient Music; Laurence Cummings, director & harpsichord
Anna Dennis, soprano; Thomas Walker, tenor