Miriam Allan

Concerto delle Donne

The sound of three sopranos - unique, brilliant and sensuous, captivating the ear and moving the heart today as it did in the courts and churches of Europe in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.






Miriam Allan

Our CDs are Piangete and Music for the Virgin Mary
Music for the Virgin Mary

Celebrating 300 years of Charpentier

Music written for convents by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)

Signum Classics SIGCD073, £12.00

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Donna Deam - soprano    Faye Newton - soprano    Gill Ross - soprano

With sopranos

Miriam Allan
Caroline Ashton

Rachel Bevan
Jennie Cassidy

Charlotte Fairbairn
Ana Gabriela Schwedhelm

Directed by Alastair Ross (organ)

This CD was recorded at the end of June 2005 in the beautiful church of Notre Dame, Rozay-en-Brie, thirty miles east of Paris. This church contains a wonderful historic organ of 1690, played by the great François Couperin, which was perfect for this music.
The CD contains the Antiphon Ave regina coelorum, the Magnificat pour le Port-Royal, the Christmas Cantata In Nativitate, and the Stabat Mater pour les religieuses - ethereal, sensuous and yet deeply devotional music. Also included is organ music by Nicholas-Antoine Lebègue (c.1631-1702) and Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (c.1632-1714) which gives Alastair an opportunity to explore the wonderfully vivid colours of the organ.


"The singers' delectably pure, sweet sound, rhythmic liveliness and stylish ornamentation perfectly capture the spirit of some beautiful and inventive music, ideally suited to its very specific purpose."

Elizabeth Roche, The Daily Telegraph, January 2006

"Donna Deam, Faye Newton and Gill Ross sing beautifully, with support from six other sopranos in chorally reinforced sections. Ross's accompaniments and solos are exemplary - as one might expect from an experienced keyboard player who has been the backbone of several English Baroque bands. The church's wonderful acoustic is reverberant yet modest, and is perfect for enabling the singers to project effortlessly."

David Vickers, The Gramophone, October 2006


Cantatas & motets by Giacomo Carissimi

Concerto delle Donne's debut CD, also released by Signum Records

Signum Classics SIGCD040, £12.00

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Cantatas and motets by Giacomo Carissimi- Piangete- Concerto Delle Donne

Hear tracks from this CD:

 Giacomo Carissimi: Motet Cum reverteretur David (4:09) mp3
 Giacomo Carissimi: Cantata Siam tre miseri piangenti (8:16) mp3


"So much new repertoire, recorded in a vibrant acoustic, makes this a very attractive disc"

-BBC Music Magazine

"The three sopranos of the ensemble... give an intense, radiant and beautifully controlled performance"

-Early Music Today

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