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Composer of the Week: Francesca Caccini and Her Circle

Episode 1 Honoured by the King of France

Episode 1 Honoured by the King of France

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Donald Macleod explores the life and music of the 17th-century Italian composer and those connected with her, including her father Giulio as well as fellow composers Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri and Marco da Gagliano. Francesca Caccini: O che nuovo stupor. Elena Cecchi Fedi (soprano), Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini, Gian Luca Lastraioli (theorbo and conductor) Jacopo Peri L'Euridice (Scene II). Gian Paolo Fagotto (tenor: Orfeo), Mario Cecchetti (tenor: Aminta), Giuseppe Zambon (countertenor: Arcetro), Monica Benvenuti (soprano: Ninfa I), Rossana Bertini (soprano: Ninfa II), Paolo Da Col (tenor: Tirsi), Ensemble Arpeggio, director Roberto de Caro. Francesca Caccini: Dov'io credea le mie speranze vere. Shannon Mercer (soprano), Sylvain Bergeron (guitar). Io veggio i campi verdeggiar fecondi. Sylvain Bergeron (guitar), Amanda Keesmaat (cello). O vive rose. Shannon Mercer (soprano), Sylvain Bergeron (guitar), Amanda Keesmaat (cello), Luc Beauséjour (harpsichord). Giulio Caccini: L'Euridice (Scene V & VI). Silvia Frigato (soprano: Euridice), Sara Mingardo (contralto: Dafne), Gianpaolo Fagotto, tenor: Arcetro), Luca Dordolo (tenor: Aminta), Furio Zanasi (baritone: Orfeo), Monica Piccini (soprano:Nymph), Anna Simboli (soprano: Nymph), Raffaele Giordani (tenor: Shepherd), Marco Scavazza (baritone: Shepherd), Mauro Borgioni (baritone: Shepherd), Matteo Bellotto (bass: Shepherd), Concerto Italiano, conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini. Francesca Caccini: Se muove a giurar fede. Elena Cecchi Fedi (soprano), Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini, Gian Luca Lastraiolo (theorbo and conductor).

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Luke Whitlock


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