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.
Concerto delle Donne refers to the three celebrated singing ladies of the court of Duke Alfonso of Ferrara in the 1580s. The duke was such an enthusiast of the female voice that he gathered together a concerto delle donne comprising the finest sopranos of the day, famed throughout Italy for the beauty of their voices and their ability to execute the most elaborate ornamentation.
"Carissimi's Siam tre miseri piangenti was stunning, as three wretched souls wept and sighed their way through their individual torments, entwining their suffering in the melting refrain. Excellent singing and playing..."
-Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review
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