Tears of Laughter, Laughter Through Tears

May 22, 2024, 10:00 pm

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five male musicians, dressed in black suite with black shirts, holding a variety of early music stringed instruments .
La florida Capella & Federico Fiorio

Love is complicated. At the turn of the 17th century, the Italian Mannerists celebrated the joys and sorrows of love. But few know how to express the rollercoaster of emotions in such a suggestive and multifaceted way as the Venetian Barbara Strozzi. Male soprano Federico Fiorio joins La florida Capella for a program of instrumental treasures by Barbara Strozzi and her contemporaries: Giovanni Battista Vitali, Antonio Cesti, Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Maurizio Cazzati, and others.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert November 11, 2022 in Herne, Germany’s Kreuzkirche, as part of the Herne Early Music Days Festival. Thanks to Classical WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to bring you tonight’s program as a stream for thirty days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will be visible whilst the stream is accessible.

  • Playlist

    Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632-1692): Sonata III

    Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677): Lagrime mie, lamento for voice and basso continuo

    Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (fl. 1660-69): Il Drago, capriccetto terzo a 3

    Antonio Cesti (1623-1669): Alpi nevose dure, for voice and basso continuo

    Bernardo Storace (1637-1707): La Follia, for harpsichord

    Barbara Strozzi: Hor che Apollo, serenata for voice, two violins and basso continuo

    Maurizio Cazzati (ca 1620-1677): Capriccio sopra le sette note, for two violins and basso continuo

    Barbara Strozzi: La sol fa mi re do – La mia donna perché canta, for voice and basso continuo

    Bernardo Gianoncelli (fl. 1650): Tasteggiata, Gagliarda & Corrente, for lute

    Barbara Strozzi: La Vendetta, for voice and basso continuo

    Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani (1638-after 1692): Sonata undecima “La Barbara”, for two violins and basso continuo

    Antonio Cesti (1623-1669): Non si parli più d’amore, cantata for voice and basso continuo

    Alessandro Stradella (1644-1682): Ed io che farò, Zefiro’s aria for voice, two violins and basso continuo

    ARTISTS
    Federico Fiorio, soprano
    La florida Capella; Marian Polin, harpsichord and artistic direction