Auncient Hermony – Angels of Paradise


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Auncient Hermony


An ode to the inventive ‘Ladies of Ferrara’.

About the artists

The musical and cultural friendship between singer and instrumentalist is the nuanced fabric which binds Auncient Hermony’s in-depth explorations of English, French, Spanish and Italian Renaissance and Baroque music. Passionate historical performance stylists and seasoned collaborators, their performances have a transportive quality.

About the concert

Angels of Paradise was the name given by Italian composer Giulio Caccini to Duke Alfonso II of Ferrara’s singing superstars Laura Peverara, Anna Guarini and Livia D’Arco. During the 1580s and 1590s the ‘Ladies of Ferrara’ were lauded for their musical imagination and vocal prowess.

They entertained the Ferrarese court with virtuosic performances of madrigals and solo airs and as their fame spread throughout Italy, invitations to attend these private entertainments became highly prized. Festivities would commence late into the evening and delight until dawn.

Court composer Luzzascho Luzzaschi published examples of their style of ornamentation in Madrigali per cantare et sonare a 1‐3 soprani. Whilst they were never recognised as composers themselves, the inventive flair of these skilled singers influenced respected composers like Luca Marenzio and helped change the relationship of women to music.
Auncient Hermony are joined by sopranos Katherine Norman and Amelia Jones in a dazzling performance in Primrose Potter Salon.

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Vivien Hamilton vocals
Katherine Norman vocals
Amelia Jones vocals
Ruth Wilkinson viola da gamba
Rosemary Hodgson lute, theorbo


Francesa Caccini
O Vive Rose

Luca Marenzio
Ad una fresca riva

Francesa Caccini
Fresche Aurette

Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Deh vieni ormai
Troppo ben può questo tiranno
O Primavera
Stral pungo d’amore

Cipriano de Rore
Io canterei d’amor

Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Ch’io non t’ami, cor mio:?

Luca Marenzio
Dagli occhi il dolce giro

Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Non sa he sia dolore
I mi son giovinetta
Aura soave

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Luzzasco Luzzaschi
O dolcezze’ama


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