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Va, Donna Ingrata: 16th and 17th Century Music from Italy, Spain and Flanders

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Audio CD, April 20, 1999
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  • Performer: La Primavera Ensemble, Johannette Zomer, Robert Expert
  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Label: Zig Zag
  • ASIN: B00000IPTQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Corrente No.26
2. Aria Di Passacaglia: Cosi Mi Disprezzate?... - Johannette Zomer/Robert Expert/Arthur Schoonder Woerd
3. Corrente Italiana
4. Va Donna Ingrata
5. Canzona Terza
6. Goddinne
7. La Suave Melodia
8. Quel Sguardo Sdegnosetto
9. Recercada Primera
10. Piangono Al Pianger Mio
11. Son Seconda
12. Ballo Del Granduca - Johannette Zomer/Robert Expert/Arthur Schoonder Woerd
13. Peynandose Estava Un Olmo
14. Brando Dicho El Melo
15. Se Tu Parti Da Me
16. Brando Lo Spiritillo
17. Cosi Volete
18. Capritio Sopra Otto Figure - Johannette Zomer/Robert Expert/Margit Schultheiss
19. Ancor Che Col Partire
20. Canarios
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Va, Donna Ingrata: Music of the 16th and 17th Centuries from Italy, Spain and Flanders.

Performed by Johannette Zomer, soprano; Robert Expert, countertenor; Ensemble La Primavera (Clemence Comte, recorders; Maike Boekholt, viol; Regina Albanez, guitar, theorbo and percussion; Margit Schultheiss, harp and harpsichord; Arthur Schoondewoerd, harpsichord).

Recorded at the Reformed Church of Nieuw Helvoet in the Netherlands in June and July, 1998.

Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT 980701. Total time: Approx. 74 mins.

For me, the real discovery on this disc was countertenor Robert Expert, whose effortless voice and silky, almost female-sounding timbre was a delight, making me regret some of my previous cynical comments on “crowing” countertenors: this man does not “crow” at all, he sings absolutely beautifully! Judged by his performance here, I would put him in the same bracket as Andreas Scholl and David Daniels.

The CD contains a very mixed programme of music with some kind of connection to Italy – I found the concept as explained by ensemble director Clemence Comte rather vague. There are nine vocal pieces here: two by Monteverdi, including the famous duet “Pur ti miro” from “L’Incoronazione di Poppea”, and one each by Frescobaldi, Huygens, a 17th century Anonymous from Flanders, d’India, Hidalgo, Peri and Carissimi. The Anonymous song is sung in early Dutch, the Hildalgo in Spanish, all the others in Italian, the burden of singing being shared more or less equally between Johannette Zomer, a soprano with a slightly dark timbre that fits very well to these often tormented love-songs, and Robert Expert.
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