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Favorite Music Links - September, 2020

Laurie Camm

Laurie Camm is the Treasurer of AEMS and Acting co-President of Early Music America, an advocacy group for everyone in early music from professionals to aficionados. A Brooklyn girl, she's lived in Tucson full-time for 10 years and has been on the AEMS Board for 8 years. She's learning to play classical guitar (why not lute? a good question!).

Vox Luminis: Nymphe des Bois

by Josquin des Prez
This recording brings together one of my "top 5" composers (Josquin des Prez) with my current favorite among vocal groups, Vox Luminis. Check out their recordings of J.S. Bach (and Bach's father, uncle, brothers and sons), Schutz, and of course, Josquin the magnificent. This recording is of Vox Luminis performing Josquin's "Nymphe des Bois," also known as "La déploration sur la mort de Johannes Ockeghem." Ockeghem (d. 1497) was the famous Franco-Flemish composer before Josquin, may have been Josquin's teacher, and certainly was a major influence. Josquin's is the most famous of the many musical laments on Ockeghem's death.

Jordi Savall: Con qué la lavaré; Folias de Espagne; The Routes of Slavery

Jordi Savall first became widely known for being the instrumentalist in the film about Marin Marais, "Tous les matins du monde (All the Mornings of the World)". Decades later, he is now the best known advocate of expanding the world of early music to lesser-known soundscapes and stories, including the Balkans, Latin America, Bulgaria, Armenia, and his recent musical exploration of "The Routes of Slavery." Savall is an emotional proponent of why this music matters. "Without memory we cannot have a civilization," he says, "and music is part of that memory."

I am a devotee of Jordi Savall, his late wife, the soprano Montserrat Figueras, and his various collaborators. So it is impossible to choose even three, let alone one favorite. There is a lot out there, so if you like these you can spend hours and hours on Youtube listening to his performances.

Here are a couple of my favorites and a clip from his newest project.

"Con qué la lavaré," a melancholy Sephardic song (also beautifully set in 1947 by Joaquin Rodrigo) in which a young woman sings of washing her face with pain and sorrow.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UpuIXXdS50

I love melancholy music, but I also love all kinds of "Folias." John Anderson had a Folia in his recent list of favorites, and here is one of mine, on the tune "Rodrigo Martinez."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrO2va4SBlc

And for a taste of gamba virtuosity, here is a very short solo: "La Rêveuse: Les folies d'Espagne de Marin Marais"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqVMiIq8LHo

Lastly, a clip from Savall's most recent project: "The Routes of Slavery"
https://youtu.be/MBKj_5nUXVw

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson:
"As With Rosy Steps the Morn" (Theodora)

by G.F. Handel
The late great American mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954–2006) may be best known for her Bach performances and, while I generally prefer Bach to Handel (must one pick?), this performance from Theodora shows her astonishing dramatic and vocal abilities. Just so beautiful, and a favorite YouTube of mine.

Green Mountain Project: Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

The Green Mountain Project (Monteverdi = Green Mountain) is made up of many familiar faces, and is principally the groups TENET and Dark Horse Consort, both of which have performed in Tucson in our concert series. The wind players of Dark Horse were in the Vespers AEMS concert, co-produced with True Concord, and Tenet is scheduled to return to Tucson this January. The first voice you hear is Aaron Sheehan's, the GRAMMY-winning tenor who has performed for us twice.

"The Green Mountain Project began with the first known performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in 2010 on Sunday, January 3", and it has since become an annual tradition."

This January, just barely pre-COVID, I went with them to Venice for their final performance of this spectacular and musically revolutionary piece. The final U.S. performance (available on CD) was a few days later. Here is their performance from January 2019.

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 Green Mountain Project



And for a bonus piece, here is TENET performing Monteverdi's "Zefiro Torno," which we heard them perform in Tucson as part of the "Uno+One" concert that AEMS presented in 2017.

"Zefiro torna", Claudio Monteverdi | TENET Vocal Artists

I hope you enjoy some of my favorites.

Laurie Camm

Favorite Music Links - August, 2020

John Anderson

John Anderson, AEMS board member since 2018, shares some of his favorite music with you.

“I’ve selected some of my favorite early music videos and performers to share, although there are so very many to choose from! I felt a mixture of voice and musical instruments was appropriate for early music, and dearly hope you will enjoy these as much as I did collecting them for you to watch!”

John’s goal is to bring the best of early music talent to Arizona through AEMS. He is passionate about baroque music!

Folia - Baroque Violin, Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord

by Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Marin Marais
Ensemble Musica Narrans (now called Musica Alchemica)
Lina Tur Bonet, Baroque Violin
Nadja Lesaulnier - Harpsichord
Jakob David Rattinger – Viola da Gamba & Director

VOCES8: "Ne Irascaris Domine' & "Civitas Sancti Tui"

by William Byrd
The British group VOCES8 is without doubt one of the world's best vocal ensembles. Read more about VOCES8 at www.voces8.com.

"Sound the Trumpet,"
from "Ode for the Queen Mary's Birthday"

by Henry Purcell
Alison Balsom (period trumpet) and Iestyn Davies (countertenor) with the English Concert, conducted by Trevor Pinnock
Read more about Alison Balsom at www.alisonbalsom.com.
Read more about Iestyn Davies at www.iestyndavies.com.

"Miserere mei, Deus"

by Gregorio Allegri
Tenebrae Choir, conducted by Nigel Short

"Canzona a 6 in d" (modern premiere)

by Giovanni Valentini
ACRONYM:
Edwin Huizinga; violin
Adriane Post; viola
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Loren Ludwig; violas da gamba
Paul Dwyer; violoncello
Doug Balliett; violone
Simon Martyn-Ellis; theorbo
Note that this season's ACRYONYM concert has been rescheduled to October 3, 2021.

And a bonus offering (or two):

Cantata "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir", BWV 29

by J S Bach
Netherlands Bach Society
Read more about the All of Bach project here:
www.bachvereniging.nl/en/allofbach

And for those of us who can’t get enough of Bach Cantatas, here's one more, which I find very well filmed:

"Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich", BWV 150

by J S Bach
VOCES8 with Academy of Ancient Music (Bojan Čičič, leader), directed by Barnaby Smith

Please enjoy!

John Anderson

A Message from the Arizona Early Music Society

This is a time of wrenching upheaval in public health and in the political and social fabric of our city, state, and country. We cannot ignore violence against Black Americans or ongoing prejudice—racial, ethnic, and religious—that mars the lives of so many, nor can we ignore discrimination due to disability, sexual orientation, national origin, and gender identification.

We align ourselves with Early Music America's Statement of Solidarity (see www.earlymusicamerica.org/statement-of-solidarity), and affirm that #BlackLivesMatter.

Now is the time to stand up for our beliefs and to act upon them. We believe that music can sing protest, foster reconciliation, and provide comfort in troubled times. Let us all acknowledge the pain and be part of the solution.

For our part, we will continue to be attentive to presenting and celebrating performers and composers of color.

~ AEMS Board of Directors