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Carlos Mena and Maria Cristina Kiehr

Songs by John Blow and Henry Purcell (Mirare) and music of 17th-century Italian women composers (Ambronay).

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Photo: Marie Eva Brouet

Ensemble Concerto Soave.

Music of Blow and Purcell

Countertenor Carlos Mena’s new Mirare recording of songs by John Blow and Henry Purcell with the Ricercar Consort is about as good as it gets. Along with fellow countertenor Damien Guillon, the two deliver the best performance of Blow’s “Ode on the death of Henry Purcell” I’ve heard so far. Directed by Philippe Pierlot, the ensemble plays is a strikingly beautify manner.

Henry Purcell: “Strike the viol”
Carlos Mena and Damien Guillon, countertenors, and Ricercar Consort/Philippe Pierlot — Blow/Purcell: Odes & Songs (Mirare, 2010)
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17th-century Italian Women Composers

I’ve yet to hear a bad recording from soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr and Concerto Soave. Their latest on the Ambronay label continues their world-class standard of presenting obscure composers in the finest light. That they chose to focus this time around on 17th-century women composers is to the benefit of all of us.

Caterina Assandra: “O salutaris hostia”
Maria Cristina Kiehr and Concerto Soave/Jean-Marc Aymes — Il Canto delle Dame (Ambronay, 2010)
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Henry Purcell: “Strike the viol”
Carlos Mena and Damien Guillon, countertenors, and Ricercar Consort/Philippe Pierlot — Blow/Purcell: Odes & Songs (Mirare, 2010)
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Henry Purcell: An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell
Carlos Mena and Damien Guillon, countertenors, and Ricercar Consort/Philippe Pierlot — Blow/Purcell: Odes & Songs (Mirare, 2010)
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Isabella Leonarda: Sonata VII
Maria Cristina Kiehr and Concerto Soave/Jean-Marc Aymes — Il Canto delle Dame (Ambronay, 2010)
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Caterina Assandra: “O salutaris hostia”
Maria Cristina Kiehr and Concerto Soave/Jean-Marc Aymes — Il Canto delle Dame (Ambronay, 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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