My Brightest Diamond’s Multi-media Baroque Opera

My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden continues her artistic magnificence with You Us We All, a contemporary, multi-media baroque opera shd composed with lyrics by Andrew Ondrejcak. YUWA was written for B.O.X., a 10-piece baroque ensemble, four singers, and one actor who inhabit the roles of the allegorical characters Virtue, Love, Hope, Death and Time. Shara explains more about the opera, its soundtrack, and some fantastic opportunities for donors in her PledgeMusic video.

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Constantinople: Early Dreams

Constantinople’s new project, Early Dreams, revisits the Baroque era of seventeenth century Mexico. I was not familiar with Mexican Baroque music before, but it is truly a magnificent and unusual style that blends classical strings and pre-Flamenco Latin rhythms.

On Early Dreams, Constantinople’s persian setar, Baroque guitar, viola and various percussion instruments intertwine with bass lines culled from the works of Lucas Ruis de Ribayaz and Santiago de Murcia. The lyrics were taken from the poetry of Juana Inés de la Cruz.

French singer Françoise Atlan’s gorgeous soprano floats gently atop the delicate Baroque instrumentation spiced with Latin beats. Highlights include “Detente, sombra de mi bien esquivo,” “Traigo conmigo un cuidado,” “Las fuentes mi voz socorran,” and the finale “Las vacas.”

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can hear samples at the links below…

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Early Dreams - Constantinople

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Robert Stallman: The Nightingale in Love

Robert Stallman’s new album The Nightingale in Love is an exquisite collection of French Baroque music that centers on the flute. Whether you’re a classical aficionado or simply enjoy pretty instrumental music, this lovely album is definitely one to try.

Accompanied by harpsichord player Edwin Swanborn and cellist Karl Bennion, virtuoso flutist Robert Stallman tackles works from the late French Baroque period in the early 18th century.

The album’s liner notes contain background information on the music’s various composers, including Anne Danican Philidor and other chamber musicians for Louis XIV. But I really don’t think you need to know anything about the music’s history to appreciate its magnificence.

Simply put, The Nightingale in Love is beautiful. So very beautiful.

The following two mp3s are from Philidor’s five-part “Sonata in D Minor,” which is my personal favorite work on the album…

Robert Stallman – Fugue (mp3 expired) *
Robert Stallman – Courante (mp3 expired) *

*mp3s posted w/ permission of artist’s PR rep

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