Minoriten Konvent

MinoritenKonventI can’t get over how good this CD is. I stumbled on it via Stephanie Paulet‘s (inactive) Twitter account, found it on Rdio in its entirety and haven’t been able to leave the computer since.

It’s a selection of late seventeenth-century sonatas for violin and organ from the Habsburg and German lands. The only composer (remotely) known to most of us will be Biber.

Paulet is Insula Orchestra‘s Concertmaster and I’ve only ever heard her play within the orchestra and orchestral solos, never in duos or a chamber ensemble. Elisabeth Geiger is at the organ.

Two YT clips that’ll give you an idea.

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Marie-Nicole Lemieux and the importance of Baroque dĂ©colletage

Marie-Nicole Lemieux and the importance of Baroque dĂ©colletage

Not only is Marie-Nicole Lemieux one of the most interesting contraltos singing today…

…she also has a rare gift of understanding the art of the Baroque top.  Evidence:

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Marie-Nicole LemieuxAncestry:

Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as a Lute Player, 1615-1617
Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as a Lute Player, 1615-1617

Guido Reni: Death of Cleopatra (1595-1598)
Guido Reni: Death of Cleopatra (1595-1598)
La Strozzi
'The Viola da Gamba Player' (detail), possibly Barbara Strozzi. Painted by Bernardo Strozzi c. 1630-1640