Nuove Musiche & Works for Theorbo (2005)

Caccini, Piccinini

Johannette Zomer, Fred Jacobs

During the 1570’s in Florence, there were meetings in the house of count Bardi, where music and poetry were discussed. Bardi’s Camerata, as the group of participants came to be called, had great influence on the course of musical history. Drawing inspiration from the musical theories of the ancient world, the Camerata derived new insights about the composition and performance of vocal music: the most important points were clear declamation of the text and respect for the rhythm of the words. Thus the members of the group were inclined to look critically at the prevailing contrapuntal style of contemporary madrigals, in which different melodies were sounded simultaneously, and the rhythm of the text was considered of secondary importance. In 1578, Bardi summarized his ideas in a ‘Discorso...’, which he dedicated to his young protégé, Caccini.

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Johannette Zomer

After several years as a microbiologist, Dutch SopranoJohannette Zomer trained at the Sweelink Conservatorium,Amsterdam with Charles van Tassel. She currently studieswith Diane Forlano.Johannette made her opera debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlowith the Nationale Reisopera and has gone on to sing Belinda– Dido & Aeneas, La Musica & Euridice – L’Orfeo,Gassman’s Opera – Seria, Dalinda – Ariodante, Ilia – Idomeneo,Pamina – Die Zauberflöte and Amanda – Le GrandeMacabre for the company. She has also sung Oberto in Alcinaat the Komische Oper. On the concert platform she has aenviable reputation as a baroque specialist working with manyof the top conductors in the field such as Ton Koopman,Frans Bru?ggen, René Jacobs, Reinhardt Goebel and PaulMcCreesh as well as collaborating for 20th century and contemporaryrepertoire with Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding,Valery Gergiev, Reinbert de Leeuw and Peter Eötvös. Herrecent engagements have included Bach B Minor Mass with the Tonhalle Orchestra/Bru?ggen, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo with the Bamberger Symfoniker/Christian Zacharias.She regularly gives recitals with fortepianist Arthur Schoonderwoerd with whom she has recordedSchubert Songs for Alpha Records and is a member of the early music ensembles Compania Vocale andAntequera with whom she sings Neapolitan and Spanish baroque repertoire and medieval Cantigas.Johannette’s recent and future plans include projects of Handel and Frank Martin with the RiasKammerchor/Daniel Reuss; Bach and Buxtehude with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman,Handel with Collegium Vocale, Gent and Gluck and Buxtehude with The Netherlands Bach Soc

Fred Jacobs

Fred Jacobs studied lute and theorbo with Anthony Bailes at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. In 1985 he co-founded The Locke Consort,  acknowledged for their interpretations and praised for their recordings of 17th Century English chamber music. He is a member of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Parley of Instruments, the Baroque Orchestra of the Netherlands Bachsociety and the Monteverdi Continuo-ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera, where he has performed in all Monteverdi and Cavalli productions since 1997.

Fred Jacobs is a regular accompanist of many distinguished singers, such as soprano Anne Azéma, countertenor Michael Chance and baritone Maarten Koningsberger. With the Dutch soprano Johannette Zomer he has been recording a series of programmes devoted to 17th Century monody for which his research has unveiled many hidden treasures.

Over the years Fred Jacobs has been a guest at the major early music festivals in Europe and the United States. He performs in opera productions in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and Florence. Fred Jacobs has worked with many conductors such as Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen,Ton Koopman, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Parrot, Marc Minkowski and Richard Egarr. With soprano Emma Kirkby, contralto Carolyn Watkinson, and baritone Maarten Koningsberger he gives workshops on the English lute song and on French ‘Air de Cour’.

Since 1995 Fred Jacobs teaches lute and theorbo at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

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Nuove Musiche & Works for Theorbo (2005)

Caccini, Piccinini

Johannette Zomer, Fred Jacobs


Charmante productie. Zomers warme timbre leent zich uitstekend voor dit afwisselend hoofse, speelse en romantische Italiaanse repertoire en Jacobs legt er een gevoelige bedding onder. (…) Luister


Het genot dat de luisteraar deelachtig wordt, is groot. Zomer raakt het hart met haar pure, glasheldere stem en Jacobs begeleidt uiterst subtiel en raak. Indruk maakt meteen al het eerste lied, met de onvergetelijke slotzin van de amant die aan de dijk is gezet: “Maar meer verdriet doet mij het verdriet dat zij niet voelt”. Parool

    CD van de Week Avro

l'éblouissante prestation de Johannette Zomer. Sa voix lumineuse et charme multiplie les effets de timbres, osant un vibrato ornemental d'une grande suavité, illustrant idéalement ce précepte de Caccini (…) (…) L'accompagnement tout de délicatesse et d'efficacité de Fred Jacobs, qui propose d'admirables pièces de luth solo (…) Diapason Johannette Zomer en haar begeleider Fred Jacobs (theorbe) weten die zoektocht zeer spannend en invoelbaar her te beleven. Net als bij de vorige cd geldt ook hier: more soon, please! Avro Cd van de Week


Die einfache, ja spartanische Interpretation, nur Singstimme und Zupfinstrument, die so viel mehr packt, das Gemüt betrübt, beeindruckt, beflügelt, Staunen, Freude, Melancholie, Trauer - alles ist hier mit wenigen Zutaten möglich. Mir geht er jedenfalls so. (...) (...) eine bewegende, wunderschöne Einspielung mit zwei warmherzigen und hochmusikalischem Künstlern. (...) (...) Nun, zwei solche Topstars haben sich auch hier und heute bei dieser Einspielung gefunden. Johannette und Fred ergänzen und beflügeln sich, ein ideales Paar. (...) Toccata

    International Record Review

(...) This music comes straight from the heart (...) (...) This is a masterclass in naturalness, Caccini would have approved, because in all she does Zomer places text expression above all else. (...) (…) Fred Jacobs plays with exquisitely crisp and sensitive continuo realizations, which perfectly underscore the singing and map out the musical grammar of the pieces. (…) (…) When is he going to bring out a solo recital? (…) (…) One of the finest recitals of its kind, with outstandingly natural sound to match, this is warmly recommended. International Record Review

Nuove Musiche & Works for Theorbo (2005)

Caccini, Piccinini

Johannette Zomer, Fred Jacobs

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