Barbara Strozzi: New Recording with Emőke Baráth and Francesco Corti


The Venetian singer and composer Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) was probably the most remarkable, talented, famous and successful woman of her times in the field of music. In 2019 we will celebrate its 400th anniversary with a new program performed by Emöke Baráth under the direction of Francesco Corti, our new principal guest conductor.

Barbara Strozzi grew up in a household frequented by illustrious intellectuals. In the year 1637 her father founded an academy exclusively focused on music, the ‚accademia degli unisoni’ – which was not only hosted and presided over by Barbara, but also became her stage to perform her own music. She received her musical education from Francesco Cavalli, who then worked in various important musical positions in Venice and was about to launch his career as an opera composer.

Barbara Strozzi published a significant number of music: 8 volumes of madrigals, arias, ariettas, canzoni – including one volume of sacred music. Most of the compositions are focused on the soprano voice, displaying its pure beauty in lyrical melodies. The only painted (supposed) portrait of Barbara Strozzi shows her as a musician in quite a lascivious pose, presenting the then typical association of female musician and courtesan. Barbara Strozzi died in Padova in the year 1677 under unknown circumstances.

The album will present some of her most beautiful compositions for soprano, some works by her teacher Francesco Cavalli, and a delightful variety of contemporary instrumental pieces, and it will be published by Erato in early 2019.

Gramophone Awards 2018: Orchestra of the Year Nomination


Il pomo d’oro is nominated for Orchestra of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2018. The magazine says:

The go-to Baroque orchestra for vocal recitals and operas, Il Pomo d’Oro is based in Italy but draws its members internationally and is directed by the charismatic Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. It brings a remarkable freshness to whatever it does and this year has continued its ‘In War and Peace’ concert tour with Joyce DiDonato (following last year’s Gramophone Recital Award-winning recording). Among the highlights of 2017-18’s recordings were recitals with Ann Hallenberg and Franco Fagioli as well as a complete Handel opera, Ottone, for which they were directed by George Petrou. This autumn they will be heard alongside Erato’s new signing, the impressive young Polish countertenor Jakub Jósef Orlinski.”

This news are a fantastic the finishing touch to a wonderful season. If you are are as excited as we are, don’t forget to cast your vote! Voting for the Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award will remain open until July 31.

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