Francesca Caccini And Her Circle

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A Lifetime Of Service2016121620180921 (R3)

Francesca Caccini is denied her freedom by the Medici

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Francesca Caccini is denied her freedom by the Grand Duchess Christine de Lorraine, presented by Donald Macleod.

Francesca Caccini has been hailed as the first female composer to write an opera. However this isn’t necessarily true. The work in question, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, was written for the theatre and is almost entirely sung, but academics now believe that this is not an opera. What we do know is that Francesca Caccini was the daughter, sister, wife and mother of a family of singers, and was one of the most prolific composers of her time. She was employed at the Medici court in Florence in the early seventeenth century, and rose to become the highest paid musician on the Medici payroll. This week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle, such as her father Giulio Caccini, and other composers including Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri, and Marco da Gagliano.

Francesca Caccini’s first husband died in 1626, which left her future and the future of her daughter in a precarious state. She decided to marry again, and this time to a man of property, Tommaso Rafaelli, a minor nobleman of Lucca. Although there was a further child, this time a son, the marriage only lasted a short time as her second husband died in 1630. Francesca Caccini was now a woman of some property, and she lobbied the Medici court to relinquish any rights of custody to her daughter Margherita. As Francesca was employed by the Medici when her daughter was born, with the death of Caccini’s second husband, the supervision of Margherita reverted to the Medici court. Caccini’s appeal was accepted. She and her family soon returned to Florence to work for the ailing Grand Duchess Christine de Lorraine. However, Francesca’s second petition to the Grand Duchess to be made a lady of the court, was refused. Caccini remained a servant until her death.

Dispiegate guance amate
Raffaele Pe, countertenor
Chiara Granata, triple harp
David Miller, theorbo

Ch’Amor sia nudo
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Che t’ho fatt’io
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Non so se quell sorriso
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Jesu corona virginum
Marilena Zlatanou, mezzo
Lars Henrik Johansen, organ

Maria, dolce Maria
Regula Konrad, soprano
Il Desiderio

O chiome belle
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello

Io mi distruggo
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar & theorbo
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord

S’io m'en vò
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, organ

Marco da Gagliano
O admirabile commercium
Ensemble Jacqves Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Marco da Gagliano
Vere languores
Ensemble Jacqves Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Francesca Caccini
La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (excerpts)
The Toronto Consort

Producer Luke Whitlock

Donald Macleod explores composers' lives, with great recordings of their best works.

Francesca Caccini is denied her freedom by the Medici

Donald Macleod explores composers' lives, with great recordings of their best works.

Honoured By The King Of France2016121220180917 (R3)

King Henry of France invites Francesca Caccini to sing

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

King Henry IV invites Francesca Caccini and her family to France to perform at court.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

Francesca Caccini has been hailed as the first female composer to write an opera. However this isn’t necessarily true. The work in question, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, was written for the theatre and is almost entirely sung, but academics now believe that this is not an opera. What we do know is that Francesca Caccini was the daughter, sister, wife and mother of a family of singers, and was one of the most prolific composers of her time. She was employed at the Medici court in Florence in the early seventeenth century, and rose to become the highest paid musician on the Medici payroll. This week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle, such as her father Giulio Caccini, and other composers including Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri, and Marco da Gagliano.

Francesca Caccini was born in 1587. Her father Giulio was a composer and her mother a singer, both employed at the Medici court in Florence. Many pupils would come to the Caccini household to be taught by Giulio, and when he recognised his daughter’s talents, he made sure Francesca was educated well. Francesca Caccini’s first performance before court as a singer was in 1600, in her father’s opera The Abduction of Cephalus. Giulio’s music was put in the shade by another opera performed just a few days earlier, Euridice by Jacopo Peri. These celebrations at the Medici court were for the forthcoming wedding of Henry IV of France, to Marie de Medici. They evidently went well, for the Caccini family soon received an invitation to go to perform in France for the King.

Francesca Caccini
O che nuovo stupor
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Jacopo Peri
L’Euridice (Scene II)
Gian Paolo Fagotto, tenor (Orfeo)
Mario Cecchetti, tenor (Aminta)
Giuseppe Zambon, countertenor (Arcetro)
Monica Benvenuti, soprano (Ninfa I)
Rossana Bertini, soprano (Ninfa II)
Paolo Da Col, tenor (Tirsi)
Ensemble Arpeggio
Roberto de Caro, director

Francesca Caccini
Dov’io credea le mie speranze vere
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar

Io veggio i campi verdeggiar fecondi
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello

O vive rose
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord

Giulio Caccini
L’Euridice (Scene V & VI)
Silvia Frigato, sopeano (Euridice)
Sara Mingardo, also (Dafne)
Gianpaolo Fagotto, tenor (Arcetro)
Luca Dordolo, tenor (Aminta)
Furio Zanasi, baritone (Orfeo)
Monica Piccini, soprano (Nymph)
Anna Simboli,soprano (Nymph)
Raffaele Giordani, tenor (Shepherd)
Marco Scavazza, baritone (Shepherd)
Mauro Borgioni, baritone (Shepherd)
Matteo Bellotto, bass (Shepherd)
Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor

Francesca Caccini
Se muove a giurar fede
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraiolo, theorbo and conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock

Music As Propaganda2016121520180920 (R3)

Francesca Caccini's music is used as a political weapon

Donald Macleod explores composers' lives, with great recordings of their best works.

01Honoured By The King Of France2016121220180917 (R3)

"King Henry of France invites Francesca Caccini to sing

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

King Henry IV invites Francesca Caccini and her family to France to perform at court.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

Francesca Caccini has been hailed as the first female composer to write an opera. However this isn’t necessarily true. The work in question, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, was written for the theatre and is almost entirely sung, but academics now believe that this is not an opera. What we do know is that Francesca Caccini was the daughter, sister, wife and mother of a family of singers, and was one of the most prolific composers of her time. She was employed at the Medici court in Florence in the early seventeenth century, and rose to become the highest paid musician on the Medici payroll. This week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle, such as her father Giulio Caccini, and other composers including Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri, and Marco da Gagliano.

Francesca Caccini was born in 1587. Her father Giulio was a composer and her mother a singer, both employed at the Medici court in Florence. Many pupils would come to the Caccini household to be taught by Giulio, and when he recognised his daughter’s talents, he made sure Francesca was educated well. Francesca Caccini’s first performance before court as a singer was in 1600, in her father’s opera The Abduction of Cephalus. Giulio’s music was put in the shade by another opera performed just a few days earlier, Euridice by Jacopo Peri. These celebrations at the Medici court were for the forthcoming wedding of Henry IV of France, to Marie de Medici. They evidently went well, for the Caccini family soon received an invitation to go to perform in France for the King.

Francesca Caccini
O che nuovo stupor
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Jacopo Peri
L’Euridice (Scene II)
Gian Paolo Fagotto, tenor (Orfeo)
Mario Cecchetti, tenor (Aminta)
Giuseppe Zambon, countertenor (Arcetro)
Monica Benvenuti, soprano (Ninfa I)
Rossana Bertini, soprano (Ninfa II)
Paolo Da Col, tenor (Tirsi)
Ensemble Arpeggio
Roberto de Caro, director

Francesca Caccini
Dov’io credea le mie speranze vere
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar

Io veggio i campi verdeggiar fecondi
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello

O vive rose
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord

Giulio Caccini
L’Euridice (Scene V and VI)
Silvia Frigato, sopeano (Euridice)
Sara Mingardo, also (Dafne)
Gianpaolo Fagotto, tenor (Arcetro)
Luca Dordolo, tenor (Aminta)
Furio Zanasi, baritone (Orfeo)
Monica Piccini, soprano (Nymph)
Anna Simboli,soprano (Nymph)
Raffaele Giordani, tenor (Shepherd)
Marco Scavazza, baritone (Shepherd)
Mauro Borgioni, baritone (Shepherd)
Matteo Bellotto, bass (Shepherd)
Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor

Francesca Caccini
Se muove a giurar fede
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraiolo, theorbo and conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock

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King Henry IV invites Francesca Caccini and her family to France to perform at court.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

Francesca Caccini has been hailed as the first female composer to write an opera. However this isn’t necessarily true. The work in question, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, was written for the theatre and is almost entirely sung, but academics now believe that this is not an opera. What we do know is that Francesca Caccini was the daughter, sister, wife and mother of a family of singers, and was one of the most prolific composers of her time. She was employed at the Medici court in Florence in the early seventeenth century, and rose to become the highest paid musician on the Medici payroll. This week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle, such as her father Giulio Caccini, and other composers including Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri, and Marco da Gagliano.

Francesca Caccini was born in 1587. Her father Giulio was a composer and her mother a singer, both employed at the Medici court in Florence. Many pupils would come to the Caccini household to be taught by Giulio, and when he recognised his daughter’s talents, he made sure Francesca was educated well. Francesca Caccini’s first performance before court as a singer was in 1600, in her father’s opera The Abduction of Cephalus. Giulio’s music was put in the shade by another operFrancesca Caccini And Her Circle [composer Of The Week]

02Employed By The Grand Duchess2016121320180918 (R3)

Francesca Caccini is employed at the Medici Court

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Francesca Caccini receives her first appointment at the Medici Court, presented by Donald Macleod.

Francesca Caccini has been hailed as the first female composer to write an opera. However this isn’t necessarily true. The work in question, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, was written for the theatre and is almost entirely sung, but academics now believe that this is not an opera. What we do know is that Francesca Caccini was the daughter, sister, wife and mother of a family of singers, and was one of the most prolific composers of her time. She was employed at the Medici court in Florence in the early seventeenth century, and rose to become the highest paid musician on the Medici payroll. This week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle, such as her father Giulio Caccini, and other composers including Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri, and Marco da Gagliano.

Francesca Caccini and her family were well received at the French court and King Henry IV declared that Francesca was the best singer in all of France. An offer was made to Giulio Caccini for Francesca and her sister to remain in France, but their father was keen that the entire family should return to Florence. Once back in Italy Giulio wasted no time in promoting the family’s success in France, in order to secure Francesca’s future. By 1607 she received her first official appointment as a musician to the Medici court which was then largely controlled by the Grand Duchess, Christine de Lorraine. Upon Francesca’s appointment, the Grand Duchess arranged a marriage for her new employee to a singer called Giovanni Battista Signorini. Caccini’s contract to the Medici gave her many responsibilities, including performing as a singer and as an instrumentalist both at court and for church services, composing new music and preparing it for performances, as well as teaching music to some of the Medici children.

Lasciatemi qui solo
Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, countertenor
Il Profondo

Ciaccona, arr. Luigi Cozzolino
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraiolo, theorbo and conductor

Romanesca, arr. Luigi Cozzolino
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraiolo, theorbo and conductor

Io mi distruggo and ardo
Olga Pitarch, soprano
Marco Horvat, tenor and theorbo

Su le piume de’venti trionfator
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, organ

Lorenzo Allegri
La notte d’Amore
Gran Consort Li Stromenti
Gian Luca Lastraioli, conductor

Francesca Caccini
La pastorella
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord

Lorenzo Allegri
Le ninfe di Senna
Gran Consort Li Stromenti
Gian Luca Lastraioli, conductor

Francesca Caccini
Non sò se quel sorriso
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord

Producer Luke Whitlock

03Caccini Goes Into Print2016121420180919 (R3)

Francesca Caccini publishes her first collection of music

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Francesca Caccini publishes her first and only collection of music, presented by Donald Macleod.

Francesca Caccini has been hailed as the first female composer to write an opera. However this isn’t necessarily true. The work in question, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, was written for the theatre and is almost entirely sung, but academics now believe that this is not an opera. What we do know is that Francesca Caccini was the daughter, sister, wife and mother of a family of singers, and was one of the most prolific composers of her time. She was employed at the Medici court in Florence in the early seventeenth century, and rose to become the highest paid musician on the Medici payroll. This week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle, such as her father Giulio Caccini, and other composers including Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri, and Marco da Gagliano.

In 1612 Francesca Caccini’s fame as a musician was spreading far and wide, and requests were made to the Medici court to borrow her for short periods. These requests were denied and, in a bid to retain Caccini’s services in Florence, the Medici raised her salary making her the highest paid musician at the Florentine court. By 1614 investment was made locally in developing printing opportunities, and composers soon rushed to bring out their works in print including Francesca’s father Giulio, and also Marco da Gagliano. A few years later in 1618, Francesca Caccini brought out her own collection of music in print. She intended this to be the first of many, but her Medici employers forbade her to publish again. Caccini was contracted as a musician, a servant, and she was to do as she was told.

Giulio Caccini
Non ha'l ciel
Montserrat Figueras, soprano
Hopkinson Smith, guitar
Robert Clancy, guitar
Jordi Savall, viola da gamba
Xenia Schindler, harp

Marco da Gagliano
Duo Seraphim clamabant
Ensemble Jacques Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Francesca Caccini
Io veggio i campi
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Chi desia di saper
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Marco da Gagliano
Ave Maria
Ensemble Jacqves Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Francesca Caccini
Rendi alle mie speranze il verde
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Luc Beauséjour, organ

Maria, dolce Maria
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, organ

Regina caeli
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, organ

Dispiegate, guance amate
Tenet

O vive rose
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Marco da Gagliano
La Dafne (Scene 5 and 6)
Barbara Schlick, soprano (Nymph 1)
Ian Partridge, tenor (Tirsi)
Nigel Rogers, tenor (Apollo)
David Thomas, bass (Shepherd 1)
Berthold Possemeyer, baritone (Shepherd 2)
Monteverdi Choir Hamburg
Camerata Accademica Hamburg
Jürgens Jürgens, director

Producer Luke Whitlock

04Music As Propaganda2016121520180920 (R3)

Francesca Caccini's music is used as a political weapon

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Francesca Caccini’s music is used as a political weapon by the Medici, presented by Donald Macleod.

Francesca Caccini has been hailed as the first female composer to write an opera. However this isn’t necessarily true. The work in question, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, was written for the theatre and is almost entirely sung, but academics now believe that this is not an opera. What we do know is that Francesca Caccini was the daughter, sister, wife and mother of a family of singers, and was one of the most prolific composers of her time. She was employed at the Medici court in Florence in the early seventeenth century, and rose to become the highest paid musician on the Medici payroll. This week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle, such as her father Giulio Caccini, and other composers including Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri, and Marco da Gagliano.

Francesca Caccini’s court obligations in Florence were highly demanding. By 1619 she was writing to the court officials complaining that her recent workload had been very great with teaching, performing and composing. Not only was she busy working, but in 1622 Caccini also became a mother. Just a few years later Caccini would receive a commission to write a stage work, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, that would immortalise her in the future as the first women to compose an opera. Although the work may not be an opera, it was a work of sheer spectacle and was intended to demonstrate the power of the Medici women at that time. This stage work became very popular in its day, and was even translated into Polish.

Fresche aurette
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, theorbo
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, organ

Dov’ io credea
Ingrid Matthews, baroque violin
Byron Schenkman, harpsichord

Nube gentil
Josh Lee, viola da gamba
Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord

Marco da Gagliano
Venite gentes
Ensemble Jacqves Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Marco da Gagliano
Quem vidistis pastores
Ensemble Jacqves Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Marco da Gagliano
O quam pulchra es
Ensemble Jacqves Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Jacopo Peri
Lameno di Iole
Montserrat Figueras, soprano
Hespèrion XXI
Jodri Savall, director

Marco da Gagliano
La Flora (Valli profonde)
Nigel Rogers, tenor
Colin Tilney, organ
Anthony Bailes, chitarrone
Jordi Savall, viola da gamba
Pere Ros, violin

Francesca Caccini
La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (Per la piùvaga e bella)
Heike Pichler-Trosits, soprano
La Villanella Basel

Lasciatemi qui solo
Heike Pichler-Trosits, soprano
La Villanella Basel

Te lucis ante terminum
Luc Beauséjour, organ

O che nuovo stupor
Max van Egmond, bass
Ricercar Consort

Producer Luke Whitlock

05A Lifetime Of Service2016121620180921 (R3)

Francesca Caccini is denied her freedom by the Medici

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Francesca Caccini is denied her freedom by the Grand Duchess Christine de Lorraine, presented by Donald Macleod.

Francesca Caccini has been hailed as the first female composer to write an opera. However this isn’t necessarily true. The work in question, La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, was written for the theatre and is almost entirely sung, but academics now believe that this is not an opera. What we do know is that Francesca Caccini was the daughter, sister, wife and mother of a family of singers, and was one of the most prolific composers of her time. She was employed at the Medici court in Florence in the early seventeenth century, and rose to become the highest paid musician on the Medici payroll. This week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle, such as her father Giulio Caccini, and other composers including Jacopo Peri, Lorenzo Allegri, and Marco da Gagliano.

Francesca Caccini’s first husband died in 1626, which left her future and the future of her daughter in a precarious state. She decided to marry again, and this time to a man of property, Tommaso Rafaelli, a minor nobleman of Lucca. Although there was a further child, this time a son, the marriage only lasted a short time as her second husband died in 1630. Francesca Caccini was now a woman of some property, and she lobbied the Medici court to relinquish any rights of custody to her daughter Margherita. As Francesca was employed by the Medici when her daughter was born, with the death of Caccini’s second husband, the supervision of Margherita reverted to the Medici court. Caccini’s appeal was accepted. She and her family soon returned to Florence to work for the ailing Grand Duchess Christine de Lorraine. However, Francesca’s second petition to the Grand Duchess to be made a lady of the court, was refused. Caccini remained a servant until her death.

Dispiegate guance amate
Raffaele Pe, countertenor
Chiara Granata, triple harp
David Miller, theorbo

Ch’Amor sia nudo
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Che t’ho fatt’io
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Non so se quell sorriso
Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano
Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
Gian Luca Lastraioli, theorbo and conductor

Jesu corona virginum
Marilena Zlatanou, mezzo
Lars Henrik Johansen, organ

Maria, dolce Maria
Regula Konrad, soprano
Il Desiderio

O chiome belle
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello

Io mi distruggo
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar and theorbo
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord

S’io m'en vò
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Sylvain Bergeron, guitar
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Luc Beauséjour, organ

Marco da Gagliano
O admirabile commercium
Ensemble Jacqves Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Marco da Gagliano
Vere languores
Ensemble Jacqves Moderne
Joël Suhubiette, director

Francesca Caccini
La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (excerpts)
The Toronto Consort

Producer Luke Whitlock