In line with Early Dreams, it is the pages left by another marvellous composer and singer that Constantinople has taken the liberty to reinvent. A worthy heiress of Monteverdi, Renaissance Venetian madrigalist Barbara Strozzi created a secular vocal repertoire that intoxicates the senses. A joyful and salutary delirium for music lovers!
For this project, the rich imagination of the beautiful artist with the demonic reputation is embodied by the velvety smooth vocals of Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc. And her poetry is enhanced by the brio, nimbleness and bold improvisations of five musicians.
Also on this amorous program are pieces by another Italian genius: Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger (1580-1651). His spontaneous changes, sharp contrasts and unusual rhythmic groupings provide fertile ground for Constantinople, who always welcome the chance to free themselves from the cultural codes of old Europe…
“For the flames of lovers, I know that
all the oceans are not enough.”
– Barbara Strozzi, Cantate Sino Alla Morte