Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Novello Cupido

Italian love songs of the early 17. century.

Friday 4 July 2014 19:00 — Ogilvy hall, Špilberk castle, Brno City Museum, Špilberk 1, CZ–66224 Brno.

La Romanina:


Giulio Caccini (1551 – 1618)Dolcissimo sospiro   (Le Nuove musiche, Firenze, 1601)
Giulio Caccini (1551 – 1618)Tutto’l di piango   (Nuove musiche, Firenze, 1614)
Giulio Caccini (1551 – 1618)Fortunato augellino   (Le Nuove musiche, Firenze, 1601)
Giulio Caccini (1551 – 1618)Dalla porte d’Oriente   (Nuove musiche, Firenze, 1614)
Salomone Rossi (1570 – 1630)Non è questo il ben mio   (Madrigaletti, Venetia, 1628)
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (1580 – 1651)Toccata Arpeggiata
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)Ti lascio anima mia, Sopra l’aria di Ruggiero   (Secondo libro d’arie musicali, Firenze, 1630)
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)Se l’aura spira   (Primo libro d’arie musicali, Firenze, 1630)
Stefano Landi (1586 – 1639)Augellin   (Arie a une voce, Venetia, 1620)
Francesca Caccini (1587 – 1641)Ch’amor sia nudo   (Delle Musiche a une e due voci, Firenze, 1618)
Claudio Monteverdi [?] (1567 – 1643)Adagiati Poppea   (L’Incoronazione di Poppea, 1643)
Biagio Marini (1584 – 1663)Novello Cupido
Tarquinio Merula (1594 – 1665)Folle è ben che si crede
Claudio Monteverdi [?] (1567 – 1643)Pur ti miro   (L’Incoronazione di Poppea, 1643)

About the programme

The programme of the concert is mainly based on Italian music from the 17. century, and is inspired by musicians from that time such as Vitttoria Archilei, Jacopo Peri, Laura Peverara and the Baroni family (Adriana Basile, Leonora Baroni and Caterina Baroni). Those musicians used to accompany themselves with instruments while singing.

Vittoria Archilei, called “La Romanina”, was well known in her time. Contemporary musicians wrote about her voice and skills. Giulio Caccini, in the preface to his music drama L’Euridice (1600), claimed that she was a long-time proponent of his new style and referred to her excellence as a singer. The composer Sigismondo d’India in the preface to Il primo libro di musiche da cantar solo of 1609 wrote that she was “above any other”, she was “most intelligent”, and her voice was “amazingly sweet and tender”. Vincenzo Giustiniani stated quite simply that she “almost originated the true method of singing for females”.

But she was not the only one. About Adriana Basile, the French bass viol player and writer André Maugars (cca. 1580 – cca. 1645) wrote that the “Bella Adriana of Mantua … was a real miracle in her day”. He also describes a visit to Adriana’s daughter, Leonora Baroni (“the most perfect person for singing well”), during which Leonora sang and played with her mother and her sister Caterina. Leonora played the theorbo, her mother the lyre, and her sister the harp: “This concert, composed of three beautiful voices and three different instruments so affected my senses and so ravished my spirit that I forgot my mortal condition and thought I was among the angels enjoying the delights of the blessed”.

With this program the ensemble La Romanina brings to the 21. century the atmosphere and taste of the early 17. century Italian music, with pieces by F. Caccini, G. Frescobaldi and Claudio Montverdi among others, reviving the spectacular performance practice of the Italian early baroque, where some musicians where accompanying themselves while singing.

Foto: Beatriz Lafont Murcia

Beatriz Lafont Murcia

Born in Valencia, Beatriz Lafont studied Guitar and Singing at Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Valencia. After receiving, in June 2002, the Second Prize of Bachelor in Singing, she continued her studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia. In 2006 she was awarded the “Third Prize of Chamber Music”, the “Public Prize” and also the “Best Performer from Valencia Prize” at the V. Certamen Internacional de Guitarra “Luys Milán” in L’Olleria.

After winning a scholarship from Instituto Valenciano de la Música (Generalitat Valenciana) to expand her studies, she moved to The Hague, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Early Music Singing at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, focussing on early baroque Italian music, with emphasis on the performace practice of that time, singing and accompanying herself on the theorbo.

She studied singing with Rita Dams, Michael Chance, Jill Feldman and Peter Kooij, and theorbo with Mike Fentross and Joachim Held. She also attended masterclasses with renowned teachers such as Robert Expert, Marta Almajano, Cristina Miatello, Evelyn Tubb, Lambert Climent, Stephen van Dyck, Johannette Zomer, Fred Jacobs and Margreet Honig. At the Royal Conservatory of The Hague she worked with Fabio Bonizzoni (La Risonanza), Charles Toet (Concerto Palatino), Emilio Moreno and Christina Pluhar (L’Arpeggiata).

She has performed around Europe and South America with various ensembles such as Las Esferas, Musica Poetica, La Academia de los Nocturnos, Le Jardin Secret, Harmonia del Parnàs, Os Orphicum, Collegium Musicum Den Haag and Música Temprana, and participated in different festivals such as XVI Festival de Música Antigua de Peñiscola, XII Festival de Música Antiga: Música, Història i Art in Valencia, Fringe Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Festival Classique in Den Haag, V Festiwal Twórczości Religijnej (Poland), Dag Oude Muziek in Bilzen (Belgium), and XXV Edizione Pievi & Castelli in Musica (Italy).

Foto: Pau Canyigueral Rodríguez

Pau Canyigueral Rodríguez

Pau Canyigueral (born in Barcelona) started singing at a very early age, being enrolled in the renowned professional young boys choir L’Escolania de Montserrat at the age of nine. During four years he was a full time choralist, singing twice a day in public, performing in concerts and doing recordings.

After the voice break he focused on composition, getting a Bachelor’s Degree at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya. His pieces have been played, for instance, in Barcelona, Ibiza and The Hague. As an orchestrator he has worked in comercial albums, recording with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, and at the Air Studios in London with the Isobel Griffiths Orchestra. As a film music composer he has been awarded at the Barcelona Visual Sound Festival for the best music for a shortfilm in 2007, and created the music for the awarded shortfilm Cómo en la magia (2010).

In 2007 he moved to The Hague to study singing and composition at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, receiving his diploma in 2011. As a countertenor he has studied with Barbara Pearson, and has participated in master classes of Michael Chance, Peter Kooij, Jill Feldman and Derek Lee Ragin.

Since 2011 Pau Canyigueral is working as a freelance singer in The Netherlands, participating in projects with Bachkoor Holland, La Academia de los Nocturnos, Laurens Collegium Rotterdam and Haags Barok Orkest.


Thank you

The concert takes place with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Statutory City of Brno.

The project “Summer festival of Early Music” takes place in cooperation with Brno City Museum.

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