Early Music Vancouver - Barbara Strozzi: From Tears to Laughter
About this event
For its Global Concert Hall debut, Early Music Vancouver presents a tribute to the Venetian composer and singer Barbara Strozzi, one of the most important composers of Italian cantatas and baroque arias. Her sensitivity to text and experimentation with form and style offered nuance and a high level of emotional sensitivity to her music.
In 1638, she read both sides of a debate written by Giovanni Francesco Loredano and Matteo Dandolo about whether tears or song is the more powerful weapon in love. Not surprisingly, the song won and Strozzi ended the debate by saying: “I do not question your decision, gentlemen, in favor of song, for well I know that I would not have received the honor of your presence at our last session had I invited you to see me cry and not to hear me sing.”
This concert will explore Strozzi’s lighter side and present her famous lament “Lagrime mie”. A rich mix of plucked and string instruments from Iran, Turkey, and Italy (two theorbos, baroque guitar, kanun, setar, cello, gamba, viola d’amore, and violin) complements the vocal pieces and creates some lively instrumental dances.
This stream is available to watch until August 6, 2022.
Suzie Leblanc, soprano
Andréanne Brisson-Paquin, soprano
Ariadne Lih, soprano
Kiya Tabassian, setar & shourangiz
Tanya Laperrière, baroque violin & viola d'amore
Didem Başar, kanun
Lucas Harris, theorbo & baroque guitar
Michel Angers, theorbo & baroque guitar
Patrick Graham, percussion
1. Concert – approx. 80 min programme
1. Anon, BL (XIVe siècle): Dança amorose
2. Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677): Sonetto prœmio dell’opera (Mercè di voi)
3. Ali Ufki (1610-1675): Samai Frenci & Digar
4. Barbara Strozzi: Lagrime mie
5. Barbara Strozzi: Mi fa rider
6. Kiya Tabassian: Parvaz
7. Barbara Strozzi: Le Tre Grazie
8. Anon. BL (XIVe s.): La Manfredina /La Rotta
9. Barbara Strozzi: Amore è bandito
10. Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (c.1580-1651): Colasione
11. Barbara Strozzi: Che si può fare
12. Anon. BL (XIVe.s): Trotto
This event was recorded live at Church of Saint-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End, Montreal/Tiohtia:ke, Canada.
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