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Kapsberger: Libro secondo d'arie (1623)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2008

Originally recorded in 2008


Victor Coelho

Il Furioso


Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta


Victor Coelho

Cinnamon Anderson

Martin Anderson



Cinnamon Anderson

Tim Dubber

Record Label



Early Music

Total Time - 54:00
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Libro secondo d'arie (1623)

1 Voi, che dietro a fallaci 3:28
2 Corrente (Kapsberger, 1626) 2:45
3 Alma che fai, che pensi 3:17
4 Sonata 2.a (Bellerofonte Castaldi, 1622) 1:36
5 Tu dormi 2:00
6 Pargoletto son io 2:31
7 I'vo piangendo i miei passati tempi 5:08
8 Dolcissimo Signore 4:30
9 Sznaona (anon.) 2:30
10 T'inaspri a miei lamenti 2:52
11 Dunque con stile lieto, dolcissimo 2:15
12 Pietà di chi si more 2:40
13 Popol diletto mio 1:55
14 Monia (anon.) 2:18
15 Ancora il Rè nasce piangendo in terra 5:13
16 Toccata (anon.) 1:55
17 O come in van credei 3:18
18 Mustazzin corrente (Castaldi) 1:30
19 Perché pietà 2:19
 Victor Coelho
  3-7 June 2004  

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (1580–1651) was one of the most innovative and original composers in early seventeenth-century Rome, and a virtuoso on the lute and chitarrone, or theorbo. His Second Book of Arias, published in Rome in 1623, for one and two voices, are extraordinary works that reveal both his vivid imagination in setting poetry to music, and his flair for dramatic gestures, making him one of the most quintessentially ‘Baroque’ composers of his time.

"...The recording by Il Furioso is particularly effective. Paul Grindlay’s bass is sonorous and powerful, the two sopranos, Janet Youngdahl and Julie Harris, clear and precise, and Gian Paolo Fagotto’s tenor decisive with an excellent sense of the period style and ornamentation. The accompaniment by David Dolata, Victor Coelho, and Neil Cockbunr is tasteful with the variations of chordal accompaniments in the arias that keep things moving forward without sacrificing the important contemplative textual meaning that needs to emerge. In short, this is one recording that anyone interested in Roman music of the early 17th century must have. It is a sensitive, resonant, and effective collection that demonstrates the musical genius of the composer."

Bertil van Boer - Fanfare - July/August 2013

"...The CD features some first-class singing, especially from the group’s tenor, Gian Paolo Faggoto. Tu dormi displays a notable sensitivity to the sentiment of the text and a remarkable ease of ornamentation. Perche pieta, a soprano-bass duet sung by Janet Youngdahl and Paul Grindlay, is likewise worth noting for the exceptional virtuosity displayed by the two singers. The continuo section of the group, comprised of theorbo, archlute, and harpsichord, provide a very nice support even though a greater variety of sound colour would be welcome. The solo theorbo pieces demonstrate considerable musical maturity and skills on the instrument by both Victor Coelho and David Dolata; Kapsberger’s Corrente and an anonymous Toccata are particularly charming. Overall, this polished and pleasurable recording is a welcome reminder of the musical versatility of one of the 17th century’s most original composers."

Zak Ozmo

Goldberg Magazine

‘...this is as good a recording of early music as I have ever heard. The small instrumental group [is] widely, but naturally, spaced across the stereo picture, superbly balanced and wonderfully clear. The vocalists are placed centre-stage. The bass notes ring out with true ambience, and the theorbo and archlute are recorded intimately so that every note is clear.’

Garry Higginson

MusicWeb International

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