From the 16th and 17th century Italian musical world of Monteverdi and Palestrina and from the schools made famous by Vivaldi one hundred years later, Cappella Artemisia explores a musical world inhabited by composers and performers whose forbidden music until recently was hidden behind cloistered walls. Founded in Bologna, Italy in 1991, Cappella Artemisia is a ten-member ensemble of six women's voices, two cornetti, harpsichord, and gamba. This is "early music" with a difference. In addition to offering a feast of glorious and rarely heard music, this ensemble opens a social and historical window onto the women's movement of an earlier era.
Since its inception, Cappella Artemisia has received critical and popular praise both for the rarity and originality of its repertoire and for the high quality of its performances. The ensemble has appeared at such prestious venues as the Festival of Flanders, The Holland Festival of Early Music, Il Festival Monteverdiano di Cremona, the Osterfestival in Innsbruck, the WDR Festival der Alten Musik in Herne, the Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, and I Concerti al Quirinale (Rome). National radio networks in Italy, France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA have broadcast their concerts. Now for the first time, they undertake a major Canadian tour.
Cappella Artemisia takes its name from the painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, a striking female figure in the 17th century Italian art world whose accomplishments - like the Convent inspired music that paralleled her life - are only now beginning to be recognized.
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