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Francesca Caccini: O Viva Rosa

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Francesca Caccini, or « La Cecchina », Florence-born composer. Soprano Shannon Mercer reveals herself has the perfect performer of her vocal oeuvre, heartfelt baroque music with a foot in the Renaissance era. Sylvain Bergeron (theorbo, baroque guitar), Luc Beauséjour (harpsichord, organ) and Amanda Keesmaat (cello) are the ideal musical companions on this path to baroque music discovery. One of the first album entirely devoted to Francesca Caccini.

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Her voice has been described as luminous, dazzling and shining and her acting witty, delightful, and feisty -- Shannon Mercer is taking on the opera world as one of Canada's most promising young stars. Critically acclaimed by the international press for her musical artistry, she has been hailed as "one of Canada's most promising young sopranos" and a "Leader of Tomorrow (Maclean's)."

Harpsichordist and organist Luc Beauséjour is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of his playing, which has won him an enthusiastic audience and the continuing praise of critics and music specialists.

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Product Details

  • Composer: Francesca Caccini
  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANALEKTA
  • ASIN: B0031XYLL2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This group of songs by Francesca Caccini is a set of lovely, multi-faceted miniatures. Their length is the only thing about them that's small though. The melodic lines are straightforward but laced with nuances. The vocal passages are often long and place great demands on the singer's breathing technique. The melodic character of the individual songs is a complex mixture of emotional hues. The expressions the songs convey are full and rich.

There's no shortage of highlights. The opening track 'O vive rose' ('Oh Bright Roses') is a brightly coloured canzonetta (short light vocal piece) that sounds as fresh as it would have the first time it was heard. 'Non so se quel sorriso' ('I Don't Know if That Smile') is a radiant canzonetta that evokes smiles. 'Lo veggio i campi verdeggiar fecund' ('I See the Fertile Fields Turn Green') is a lovely but subdued instrumental piece played on the cello and theorbo. 'Se muove' ('If He Decides to Take the Oath') is a vibrant canzonetta with a reflective character. 'Dolce Maria' ('Sweet Maria') is a lovely Madrigal as is 'Regina Celi'. The 'hallelujah' passages in that number are particularly exquisite. 'O chiome belle' (Oh Beautiful Hair') is a delight. The aria 'Su le plume de' vent trionfator' ('On the Wings of the Winds Triumphant') is positively delicious. 'Fresche aureate' ('Fresh Breezes') the canzonetta that closes the set is literally that; a fresh breeze.

The songs seem to be very specific in their intent. My personal favourite in the set, Sio men vò' ('If I Leave'), is a lovely piece that sounds exactly like what the title suggests it is; a threat from a woman who's about to end a relationship.
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