José Lemos: Io Vidi in Terra

Dorian Sono Luminus: DSL92172

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José Lemos: Io Vidi in Terra

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2nd Sept 2013




52 minutes


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José Lemos: Io Vidi in Terra

Ferrari, Benedetto:



Così me disprezzate

Se l'aura spira spira tutta vezzosa


Io vidi in terra


Su la cetra amorosa, aria di ciaccona

Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna 'Hor ch'è il tempo di dormire'


Libro Nono di Magrigali e Canzonette: Si dolce è'l tormento

Quel sguardo sdegnosetto



Storace, B:

Spagnoletta (harpsichord)

Balletto (harpsichord)


L’amante segreto

Jose Lemos (countertenor), Jory Vinikour (harpsichord) & Deborah Fox (theorbo)

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Artistically breathtaking and engagingly intimate, the vocal music of the early Italian Baroque was an exercise in close artistic collaboration. Bringing together three of the most renowned practitioners of historically-appropriate performance of Early Music and Baroque repertoires, the Sono Luminus release of Io Vidi in Terra provides a rare immersion into a mysterious world that, despite its relative obscurity in the perspectives of 21st-Century observers, shaped almost every aspect of music as it blossomed in subsequent generations.

Born in Brazil, countertenor José Lemos pursued musical studies in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the College of Charleston (South Carolina) and a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Awarded Tanglewood Music Fellowships in both 2003 and 2004, his first operatic performances in the United States were in Robert Zuidam’s Rage d’Amours and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Tanglewood. He also won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2003 International Baroque Singing Competition in Chimay, Belgium. From those beginnings, José’s operatic career has flourished with lauded appearances at Opernhaus Zürich as Nireno in Händel’s Giulio Cesare and Narcisco in the same composer’s Agrippina, both under the baton of Marc Minkowski; an extensive tour with Stefano Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio in a production with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, to name just a few.

Mr. Lemos has recorded multiple albums with Dorian/Sono Luminus over the years. With Baltimore Consort, he recorded Adío España (DSL90901), a recital of music from Spain’s Age of Discovery. Additionally, he recorded Romance (DSL90708) and Sol y Luna (DSL92118) with Brio, featuring the exotic music of Sephardic Jews in Spain. José is thrilled to share his passion for the Italian vocal music of the 17th Century with friends and frequent collaborators Deborah Fox, theorbist and baroque guitarist, and GRAMMY® nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, as well as with listeners throughout the world.

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Benedetto Ferrari: Ardo


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Quel sguardo sdegnosetto, SV 247

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Barbara Strozzi: L’amante segreto

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Bernardo Storace: Balletto


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Tarquinio Merula: Canzonetta spirituale sopra, "Alla Nanna"

Hor ch'e tempo di dormire

Early Music Today

“Countertenor José Lemos’ rich voice ravishes the ear in luscious numbers such as Monteverdi’s ‘Se dolce è’l tormento’; he’s not unagile vocally, either, and handles later, more ornate works with artful effortlessness…the instrumental solos are excellent.”

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