Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Read this and this. Francesca Caccini was born in 1587. The Medicis kicked her out in 1641, after which she was never heard of again.
And sung with such a pure voice, how wonderful. Ma perche` “La Cecchina” – a markswoman? A sharpshooteress? Anything on that in the booklet?
Davvero una meravigliosa scoperta! Many thanks.
Poetic purity. Loved it
Perhaps the inspiration for Giulio Caccini’s “Amarilli, mia bella”?
Doesn’t quite look like she was “kicked out.” And in any case, these 17th century, degraded Medici were the “the” Medici we think of when we talk about Lorenzo and the two Medici popes, more than a hundred years earlier.
For a fabulous recording of Caccini’s music check out Shannon Mercer’s FRANCESCA CACCINI: O VIVA ROSA on the Analekta label, released in 2010.
Beautiful. The opening four notes are identical to the phrase in Amarilli – credi l’oppur . . . .
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