Isabella Leonarda: Solo and Duo Motets, Trio Sonatas and a ‘Cantata Morale’

Isabella Leonarda (1620–1704) was a remarkable woman. At a time when female composers were a rarity, she was both prominent and prolific. Although she was cloistered (literally: she was a nun) in Novara in northern Italy, the dedications of her published compositions show her to have been extremely well connected. And her music demonstrates that she was well aware of the music of contemporaries like Carissimi and Corelli. These facts would be of merely historical importance, were her music not so engaging: although most of the works recorded here are devotional, they are full of buoyant rhythms, colourful textures and a surprisingly dramatic approach to the texts she was setting – many probably written by Leonarda herself.

Robert Crowe, soprano (Tracks 1, 9, 19, 31)
Sandra Röddiger, soprano (Tracks 9, 10, 24, 31)
Emanuele Breda, violin
Sofya Gandilyan, harpsichord
Barbara Mauch-Heinke, violin
Daniela Wartenberg, cello
Toshinori Ozaki, theorbo

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    Motetti a una, due, e tre voci, con violini, Mottetti a voce sola, Opera XV e senza, Opera XIII (1687)

  1. Quam dulcis es quam cara [Recitativo]
  2. Quam dulcis es quam cara [Aria]
  3. Quam dulcis es quam cara [Recitativo]
  4. Quam dulcis es quam cara [Aria]
  5. Quam dulcis es quam cara [Aria]
  6. Quam dulcis es quam cara [Recitativo]
  7. Quam dulcis es quam cara [Aria]
  8. Quam dulcis es quam cara [Aria]
  9. Motetti a una, due, tre e quattro voci, Opera XX (1700) e alcuni con due violini, Opera VII (1677)

  10. Bonum est confiteri Domino
  11. Mottetti a voce sola, Opera XV (1690)

  12. Queste ch’a voi consagro – Cantata morale [Recitativo]
  13. Queste ch’a voi consagro – Cantata morale [Aria]
  14. Queste ch’a voi consagro – Cantata morale [Recitativo]
  15. Queste ch’a voi consagro – Cantata morale [Aria]
  16. Sonate a due violini, violone e organo, con una sonata a violino solo e organo, Opera XVI* (1693)

  17. Sonata prima: I Allegro
  18. Sonata prima: II Largo
  19. Sonata prima: III Adagio
  20. Sonata prima: IV Aria, allegro
  21. Sonata prima: V Vivace
  22. Mottetti a voce sola, Opera XV

  23. Ama mi Iesu care [Aria]
  24. Ama mi Iesu care [Recitativo]
  25. Ama mi Iesu care [Aria]
  26. Ama mi Iesu care [Recitativo]
  27. Ama mi Iesu care [Aria]
  28. Motetti a voce sola con strumenti, Opera XX (1700)

  29. Purpurei Flores [Aria]
  30. Purpurei Flores [Recitativo]
  31. Purpurei Flores [Aria]
  32. Sonate, Opera XVI *

  33. Sonata settima: I [Allegro moderato]
  34. Sonata settima: II Largo [Aria, allegro]
  35. Sonata settima: III [Allegro]
  36. Sonata settima: IV [Giga]
  37. Motetti, Opera XIII

  38. Ad arma

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Catalogue No: TOCC0655
EAN/UPC: 5060113446558
Release Date: 02.09.2022
Composer: Isabella Leonarda
Artists: Barbara Mauch-Heinke, Daniela Wartenberg, Emanuele Breda, Robert Crowe, Sandra Röddiger, Sofya Gandilyan, Toshinori Ozaki

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