|Barbara Strozzi||Dolcissimo, Silenzio nocivo|
|Bella Madre, le tre grazie a Venere|
|Come Puo, non come suolo, Pace Arrabbiata, op 1|
|Che dolce udire, Canto di belle bocca|
|Claudio Monteverdi||concertante madrigals, Op.8 (TBC)|
|Il ballo delle ingrate|
|Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment|
|Choir of the Enlightenment|
Barbara Strozzi was famed throughout 17th century Venice for her glorious voice and artistry, ‘la virtuosissima cantatrice’ of the city state.
Yet this pupil of Cavalli and contemporary of Monteverdi was quietly creating a unique musical legacy. An illegitimate daughter, a single parent, who was rumoured to be a courtesan and unable to secure a position in any court, she published eight volumes of increasingly ambitious music between 1644-1664.
Christian Curnyn conducts the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and its Rising Stars in this special event launching Venus Unwrapped that places her mellifluous madrigals and sensuous, dramatic solo songs in their Venetian context, alongside Monteverdi’s spectacular Eighth Book of Madrigals with its delightful Il ballo delle ingrate, dramatising Venus and Cupid’s visit to the Underworld.