Jennifer Ellis Kampani Sampler

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In advance of Magnificat's concerts on February 4-6 2011 featuring soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani, we assembled a selection of her memorable recordings with Magnificat. Some come from our recordings of the complete works of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (music.cozzolani.com) and others are from live performances on our series and at the 2010 Berkeley Early Music Festival. Details accompany each individual track.

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released December 22, 2010

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For 20 years Magnificat has explored the emotionally charged music of the 17th Century, each season bringing together an assembly of internationally recognized musicians to present innovative programs that inspire the imagination. With dramatic flair and sensitivity to historical context, Magnificat imbues each concert with an infectious joy and a delight in musical make-believe. ... more

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Track Name: Cozzolani: Ecce annuntio vobis
Text & English Translation

Ecce annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; quia natus est nobis hodie Salvator mundi, qui est Christus.

Ecce natus est nobis hodie angelus consilii, ecce natus est nobis hodie pater futuri sæculi, ecce natus est nobis hodie princeps pacis, qui est Christus. Alleluia.

Audite, quia facta est multitudo cælestis exercitus laudantium et dicentium gloriam parvulo, qui est Christus.

Videte, quia pastores currunt venerari natum de virgine, qui est Christus.

Venite ergo, venite gentes, adoremus infantem pannis involutum et positum in præsepio, adoremus infantem, qui est Christus.

Venite gentes mecum, properate, et vestris suspiriis calefacite membra tenella pueri, qui est Christus. Alleluia.


Behold, I announce to you a great joy; for to us is born today the Savior of the world, who is Christ.

Behold, born to us today is the angel of counsel, behold, born to us today is the father of the world to come, behold, born to us today is the Prince of Peace, Who is Christ. Alleluia.

Listen, for there was a multitude of the heavenly host, praising and saying, “Glory to the infant, who is Christ.”
See how the shepherds run to adore the virgin’s child, who is Christ.

So come, you peoples, let us adore the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the manger, let us adore the infant who is Christ.

So come, you peoples, with me, hurry; and with your breath warm the delicate limbs of the baby boy, who is Christ.
Track Name: Barbara Strozzi: Lagrime mie
Text and English Translation

Lagrime mie, à che vi trattenete,
Perchè non isfogate il fier’ dolore,
Chi mi toglie’l respiro e opprime il core?

Lidia, che tant’ adoro,
Perchè un guardo pietoso, ahimè, mi donò
I paterno rigor l’impriggionò.
Tra due mura rinchiussa stà la bella innocente,
Dove giunger non può raggio di sole,
E quel che più mi duole
Ed accresc’il mio mal, tormenti e pene,
È che per mia cagione prova male il mio bene
E voi lume dolenti non piangete!
Lagrime mie, à che vi trattenete?

Lidia, ahimè, veggo mancarmi, l’idol mio,
Che tanto adoro!
Stà colei tra duri marmi per cui spiro
E pur non moro.
Se la morte m’è gradita,
Or che son privo di spene,
Dhè, toglietemi la vita
(Ve ne prego) aspre mie pene!
Ma ben m’accorgo, che per tormentarmi
maggiormente, La sorte mi niega anco la morte.
Se dunque è vero, o Dio, che sol del pianto mio.
Il rio destino ha sete.

Tears of mine, why do you hold back,
why don’t you wash away the pain
which takes my breath and crushes my heart?

Lidia, whom I adore,
Because she gave me a pitying glance,
Has been imprisoned by her severe father.
The innocent girl is locked up within walls
Which the sun’s rays cannot penetrate,
And what pains me most,
And increases my torment,
Is that I am the cause of my beloved’s suffering.
And you, my eyes, are not weeping!
Tears of mine, why do you hold back?

Alas, how I miss my Lidia, my idol,
I love so much!
She is shut up within marble walls and I sigh
but I do not die!
If death might be granted to me
now that I have no hope,
take my life,
(I beg of you) oh my sufferings!
But I am well aware that in order
to torture me even more.
Fate even denies me death, it is true then, oh God, that destiny desires only my tears.
Track Name: Charpentier/O pretiosum
Text and English Translation

O pretiosum, o salutiferum, o admirabile convivium!

Quis exprimere sufficit hujus sacramenti suavitatem, per quod spiritalis dulcedo in suo fonte gustatur ?

Ah! nullus sufficit, fulcite me floribus, stipate me mali, ecce præ dulcedine deficit, virtus mea, ecce languet anima mea amoreet desiderio Jesus !

O precious, salutory, marvelous banquet!

Who can describe the sweetness of the sacrament, causing every heavenly delicacy to be savored at its source.

Ah, no one can! Support me with flowers,
Provide me with apples, how such sweetness makes me faint, how my soul begins to languish with love and desire for Jesus!
Track Name: Barbara Strozzi - O Maria
Text and English Translation

O Maria quam pulchra es, quam suavis, quam decora, quam pulchra es.

Tegit terram sicut nebula lumen ortum indeficiens
flamma ignis arca sederis inter spinas ortum lilium.
Tronum sion in Altissimis in columna nubis positum.

O Maria quam pulchra es, quam suavis, quam decora, quam pulchra es.

Ante sæcula creata girum cœli circuivit sola profundum abissi penetravit et in fluctibus maris ambulavit omnium corda virtute calcavit et in hereditate Domini morata est.

Tegit terram sicut nebula lumen ortum indeficiens
flamma ignis arca federis inter spinas ortum lilium.
Tronum sion in Altissimis in columna nubis positum.

O Maria quam pulchra es, quam suavis, quam decora, quam pulchra es. Alleluia.

English Translation

O Mary, how lovely you are, how sweet, how beautiful, how lovely you are.

She covers the earth like a cloud, a risen light, unfailing, a flame of fire, the ark of the new covenant, a lily among thorns. The throne of Sion on high is placed on the heights of this cloud.

O Mary, how lovely you are, how sweet, how beautiful, how lovely you are.

Begotten before time, she has circled the arc of heaven on her own, she has plunged into the depths of hell, and she has walked among the waves of the sea. She has conformed the hearts of all to her virtue, and she delights in the heritage of the Lord.

She covers the earth like a cloud, a risen light, unfailing, a flame of fire, the ark of the new covenant, a lily among thorns. The throne of Sion on high is placed on the heights of this cloud.

O Mary, how lovely you are, how sweet, how beautiful, how lovely you are. Alleuia.
Track Name: Cozzolani: Laudate Dominum
Text & English Translation

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes:
conlaudate eum universi populi
Quia confortata est super nos misericordia eius:
et veritas Domini in aeternum alleluia

O Praise the Lord, all ye nations:
praise him, all ye people.
For his mercy is confirmed upon us:
and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.