Monteverdi – Si dolce è’l tormentoBarbara Strozzi – Rissolvetevi pensieri (from op.6)
Alessandro Piccinini – Toccata X
Ciaccona in partite variate
Strozzi – L’amante segreto (from op.2)
Giovanni Kapsberger – Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarrone: Passacaglia
Strozzi – Che si può fare
Francesca Caccini – Lasciatemi morire
Benedetto Ferrari – Voglio di vita uscir
Piccinini – Toccata VI
Partita variate sopra quest’aria francese detta l’Alemana
Strozzi – L’Eraclita amoroso (from op.6)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo)
In 1612, Venice ended 45-year old Monteverdi’s year of unemployment since walking out on Mantua. He’d become famous through his operas Orfeo and the lost Arianna [certainly not lost in 1612!], and defended his ideas in the press, so that most employers were afraid to take him on. The merchant city state in the north was up for it though and never regretted it.
Alas, matters did not improve thereafter. It was a rare lapse, though, in terms of the Wigmore Hall’s typically high standards and did not detract unduly from the music, which for the most part spoke very well for itself.