Saturday 14th February 2015, 8:00pm
‘The sweetest of sighs, from whence fall all the sweets of love’ - so writes Rinuccini in one of Caccini’s most beautiful songs. The sigh was most probably taken to mean an inward breath in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, at once of hope and sorrow, of life and death, and became the centrepiece for a new musical language which took shape in the early 1600s. Tonight’s performance features the choicest dramatick songs of love, loss, temptation and torment from seventeenth-century Italy and England, with music by Caccini, Monteverdi, Dowland, Purcell, and others - to be performed by candlelight on the eve of St Valentine.
Emily Atkinson - soprano
Dionysios Kyropoulos - bass
James Bramley - lute and theorbo
Guillermo Martinez - viola da gamba