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Anna Bon with La Donna Musicale

La Donna Musicale performs Anna Bon, soprano Carolyn Sampson and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth explore John Dowland, and Stile Antico surveys John Sheppard.

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The cover to La Donna Musicale's recording devoted to the music of 18th-century composer Anna Bon.

The Boston-based ensemble La Donna Musicale has a singular mission to research, perform, and record the music of women composers. Directed by Laury Gutierrez, one of the ensemble’s more significant projects is a recording of music by 18th-century composer Anna Bon, who was trained at the Venetian Ospedale della Pietà and then worked at the court of the Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth and for Prince Nicholas Esterhazy.

Anna Bon did not write a large amount of music in comparison to other composers of the period, but from what she did leave us, the music is of a high standard—especially her vocal compositions.

Anna Bon: Aria “Astra coeli”
La Donna Musicale/Laury Gutierrez — Anna Bon: La Virtuosa di Venezia (LA, 2010)
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Since 2005, one of Europe’s finest chamber music venues has been publishing live recordings from its concert season. London’s Wigmore Hall has released over thirty-five recordings of pianists, string quartets, and singers in recital. Among these is a performance by acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth who gave a recital entitled “Not just Dowland,” featuring songs by John Dowland and several of his English and Italian contemporaries.

John Dowland: “Can she excuse my wrongs?”
Carolyn Sampson, soprano, and Matthew Wadsworth, lute — Not just Dowland (Wigmore Hall , 2010)
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Our featured release is a recording of music by Renaissance composer John Sheppard, who was a lesser-known contemporary of Thomas Tallis, both of whom wrote moving and dramatic music for the Catholic and Anglican liturgies.

The critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico devotes the entire Harmonia Mundi CD to Sheppard’s liturgical music, which includes the powerful motet “Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria.”

John Sheppard: “Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria”
Stile Antico — Media Vita and other liturgical works of John Sheppard (Harmonia Mundi , 2010)
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Anna Bon: Aria “Astra coeli”
La Donna Musicale/Laury Gutierrez — Anna Bon: La Virtuosa di Venezia (LA, 2010)
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Anna Bon: Sonata V, Andante staccato and Allegro
La Donna Musicale/Laury Gutierrez — Anna Bon: La Virtuosa di Venezia (LA, 2010)
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Anna Bon: Sonata IV, Andante and Allegro assai
La Donna Musicale/Laury Gutierrez — Anna Bon: La Virtuosa di Venezia (LA, 2010)
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John Dowland: “Can she excuse my wrongs?”
Carolyn Sampson, soprano, and Matthew Wadsworth, lute — Not just Dowland (Wigmore Hall , 2010)
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Robert Johnson : “Care-charming sleep”
Carolyn Sampson, soprano, and Matthew Wadsworth, lute — Not just Dowland (Wigmore Hall , 2010)
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Claudio Monteverdi: “Quel sguardo sdegnosetto”
Carolyn Sampson, soprano, and Matthew Wadsworth, lute — Not just Dowland (Wigmore Hall , 2010)
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John Sheppard: “Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria”
Stile Antico — Media Vita and other liturgical works of John Sheppard (Harmonia Mundi , 2010)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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