Il Cembalo di Partenope

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Catalina Vicens - Harpsichord (Naples, 1525) This new album of harpsichordist Catalina Vicens... more

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About "Il Cembalo di Partenope"

Catalina Vicens - Harpsichord (Naples, 1525)

This new album of harpsichordist Catalina Vicens is a unique, multifaceted musical and poetic project. First, it features the world’s oldest playable harpsichord, a priceless treasure that dwells today in the National Music Museum of Vermillion, SD. She plays music from Naples, Italy from around 1525, the year when the instrument that she plays was actually built in Naples. Secondly, Ms Vicens conceived an imaginary tale of the life and story of that very instrument, partly based on historical facts, partly on poetic inspiration emerging from her encounter with this priceless treasure of a historical harpsichord. The CD comes with a free audiobook download of that same story, narrated by Ms Vicens herself and accompanied with original music from the CD.

"Catalina Vicens plays music from Naples, Italy from around 1525, the year when the instrument was built there. She conceived an imaginary tale of the life and story of that very instrument, partly based on historical facts, partly on poetic inspiration emerging from her encounter with this priceless treasure of a historical harpsichord. The beautifully produced CD comes with a free audiobook download of that same story, narrated by Ms Vicens herself and accompanied with original music from the CD. These captivating performances show Catalina Vicens’s profound understanding and impeccable technique. Combined with the warm tone of the magnificent Neapolitan instrument, she offers rare and revelatory insights into this sensuous, elegant and mesmerising music." Fanfare Magazine 2017

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Customer evaluation for "Il Cembalo di Partenope"
14 Apr 2017

Excellent performance and storytelling

As I had greatly enjoyed her "Parthenia", I was eager to her Ms. Vicens' new project. It is a welcome success indeed. Her playing style makes me think of romance, passion, a life fully felt and lived. Her accompanying story is also engrossing. The sound quality I expect with a Carpe Diem recording is very high as usual. Bravo!

7 Apr 2017

Historic harpsichord brought to life

Catalina Vixens brings to life the full rich sound of this historic harpsichord. Her playing is full of poetry, dance, eloquence and fire. The audiobook is a nice touch too.

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