Formosa Mea (2016)

Robert Schumann

Tone Wik, Christian Kjos, Karolina Radziej, Vegard Lund, Johan Mohn

“Formosa mea” (My Beauty), an expression taken from Song of Solomon, recurs as a theme in a number of the songs on Tone Wik’s new CD. The sensual texts are an homage to the Virgin Mary. Her chaste, unattainable beauty is the focus of adoration, lending a quality of innocence to the erotic content of the texts.
The music is from a period when the church was in the process of accepting the musical influence of street music and folk theatre, which changed the style of church music. “Formosa mea” features two seldom-performed Christmas cantatas, written by the female composer Franscesca Caccini and her colleague, Bonifatio Gratiani.
Soprano Tone Wik has specialized for years in music of the Baroque period. She is in frequent demand as soloist and performs regularly with early music musicians and ensembles. On this CD she appears with a collection of distinguished performers: Vegard Lund (lute), Karolina Radziej (baroque violin), Johan Nicolai Mohn (recorder) and Christian Kjos (organ).

 

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Formosa Mea (2016)

Robert Schumann

Tone Wik, Christian Kjos, Karolina Radziej, Vegard Lund, Johan Mohn

Cables: Mogami / Canare Quad
Digital Converters: Merging Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Microphones: DPA 4006A, Neumann TLM 170, Schoeps MK5, DPA 4015
Producer: Jørn Pdersen
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: JAR CHURCH, Oslo Norway
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Maria, Dolce Maria
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Jubilet Tota Civitas
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O Dulcissima Dilecta Mea
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Canzona Prima
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Exulta Filia Sion
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Toccata IV
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A Pi? Della Gran Croce
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Toccata Decima
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O Che Nuovo Stupor
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Toccata VIII
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Invito All'Allegrezza
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O Quam Tu Pulchra Es
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Nigra Sum Sed Formosa
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Partite Sopra La Monica
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Torna Il Sereno Zefiro
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Prelude VI
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