|ARTIST: Inessa Galante
caro bene! “RODELINDA”
Se tu mami (‘If you love me’)
danza, fanciulla gentile! (‘Dance o’ dance
“Amarilli” is from Caccini’s song book “Nuove Musiche” (“New musics”, Florence, 1601) and is a typical example of early monodic style by the composer, singer and teacher at the Medici Court who became famous in his lifetime and well into the 17th Century. His songs circulated internationally and became ‘popular hits’. By 1603 the English musician Peter Philips had transcribed a ‘cover version’ of Amarilli for virginals and in 1610 Robert Dowland, son of the greatest lute player of his age - John Dowland, had included the song in his “Musical Bouquet” with a realization of the bass continuo part for lute.
ch'io pianga (‘Let me bemoan my fate’)
fiero momenta (‘That proud moment’) “ORFEO
morire! (‘No longer let me languish’) “L'ARIANNA”
corre lagnelletta (‘As when a lamb confiding’)
Caro mio ben
giorni son che Nina (‘For three long days my Nina upon her
bed has lain’)
Cujus animam gementem
mai fu “SERSE”
dicesti, o bocca bella (‘Mouth so beautiful’)
cor piu non mi sento (‘Why feels my heart so dormant’) “LA
per voi (For you alone). Solo Cantata - “PASTORELLA
la gloria d'adoravi (‘For the love my heart
doth prize, O charmful eyes I would adore ye!’) “GRISELDA”
a vagheggiar - “ALCINA”
Inese Galante was born in the Latvian capital Riga where she entered the music academy in 1977. Whilst still a student she began her singing career and soon her soprano voice was heared in the Riga Opera House and the cathedral then in other “Eastern” countries Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria and Russia. She became a regular singer at the Kirov Opera in St. Petersburg (Lenningrad) and often performed in Moscow, Kiev and Odessa. At that time Galante had no possibility to sing in the “West”, but on an “official” visit to the U.S.A. and Canada with a Latvian Ensemble she received enthusiastic notices from the critics after every performance. Often during this early stage of her career, Inese Galante was told that she would be a great success in the West; at first by a conductor at the Kirov after he had heard her sing Lucia, Violetta and Marguerite (Faust), later in Moscow by the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin after he heard her in the Mozart Requiem. Finally by the conductor Zubin Mehta when he visited her home town of Riga. Inese sang for Mehta - Rosina’s aria from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos. Mehta was astonished, saying that there were few such singers as Inese in the world and advising her to make a career in America; but as Galante says “in that time the wall between the two worlds was too high!” Finally the wall came down and Inese was free to accept a contract from The Mannheim Opera in Germany, where she made her triumphant debut as Pamina in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (1992) and where her name is now spelt “IN ESSA”. Acclaimed performances have followed in many european houses. Campion Records gave Inessa Galante a contract in January 1995 after hearing a sample recording of her voice, and by November of that year she had recorded 18 operatic arias and songs in Riga. Despite Galante’s established success in Eastern Europe her Campion CD’s are the first recordings available to the public. It is Galante’s singing of the Ave Maria” by Giulio Caccini on her first CD “Debut" which launched her internationally as a singer of exceptional quality. "Debut” brought critical acclaim and offers of engagements. The first Campion CD, issued in 1995, continues to sell throughout the world (in the spring of 1999 it was awarded a gold disc for sales in Holland).
In August 1999 Campion seized the first opportunity to record her seventh CD for the label in London. Our thanks to the arrangers Georgs Brinums, David Golightly, Chris Hazell, Nick lngman, Raymond Parfrey, to Mark Stephenson and London Musici for their great contribution to this recording.
more information about the CD’s and the illustrated book “Inessa
Galante” a biography by Silvija Lice contact
Mark Stephenson the artistic director and principal conductor of London Musici has appeared as a guest conductor with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and The Residentie Orkest Den Haag of the Netherlands. He has worked closely with composers including Sir Andrzej Panufnik, Sir Malcolm Arnold and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and has also commissioned works from young composers, including Sally Beamish, Derek Nisbet and Nuno Malo.
Mark Stephenson was appointed Music Director of the Rambert Dance Company in April 1994 - the season culminated in sell-out performances at the London Coliseum.
Winner of a Creative Britons Award in 1998 (sponsored by Prudential, managed by A&B), Mark Stephenson is currently working on contemporary compositions as part of his Hamlyn-Musici Residency in association with the London College of Music and Media at Thames Valley University.
LONDON MUSICI • CONDUCTOR, MARK STEPHENSON
London Musici made their debut at St. John’s Smith Square in April 1988 and were subsequently offered a recording contract with Conifer. The ensemble’s recordings, ranging form Vivaldi to Panufnik, have been internationally praised. In 1994 London Musici was appointed the resident orchestra for The Rambert Dance Company, and they have also performed for the National Trust and at many prestigious festivals including the Warsaw Autumn Festival. Following award winning educational work in association with the Duke of Edinburgh’s award in 1997 the orchestra is developing a new music and media project for young people in West London supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Mark Stephenson and London Musici were prize winners at the ‘Londoners of the Year’ awards 1998.
Producer: Alan Wilson Campion Records
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