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    Volume I of the complete works of Chiara Magdalena Cozzolani contains all the works in her 1650 publication Salmi a Otto Voci. The double CD set includes texts and English translations, liner notes by Robert Kendrick and album artwork by Nika Korniyenko.

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Warren Stewart, artistic director

Catherine Webster & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Elizabeth Anker, bass (alto)
David Tayler, theorbo
Hanneke van Proosdij, organ


Cozzolani's Christmas/Epiphany motet "Quis audivit unquam tale?" is notable for it’s variety of textures, alternating antiphonal motives and invertible counterpoint and florid declamatory writing, with unexpected extensions of melodic ideas. Word painting for the parallel expressions of ascending and descending and for the contrast of the Kingdom of Heaven and the humble manger make this one of the most immediately attractive of Cozzolani’s works.

In the 1650 publication "Quis audivit unquam tale?" is scored for two sopranos and bass and Magnificat’s recording features Catherine Webster and Jennifer Ellis Kampani along with contralto Elizabeth Anker, who sings some of the bass part at pitch and some transposed up an octave.


from Cozzolani Salmi a otto voci (1650), released June 30, 2013


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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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