Eternal lamenting, extravagant repenting, ecstatic, sensual and erotic narratives of ancient classical and Biblical heroines. Semi-staged dramatic scenes of Monteverdi, Rossi, Marazzoli and Mazzocchi. Erin Headley’s award-winning ensemble Atalante is named in honor of Leonardo da Vinci’s friend and pupil Atalante Migliorotti, the lirone’s inventor. That magic and hauntingly beautiful bowed instrument has been Erin Headley’s domain since 1980.
In the 17th century the lirone was associated with the lament, a genre that first appeared during the generation of Monteverdi and reached its culmination in Rome. Atalante’s luxurious continuo band of triple harp, chitarrone, keyboards, viol consort and lirone accompany a sublimely dark vocal repertoire that has been languishing in the Vatican Library for 300 years.
Atalante’s performances and recording series, featuring the lirone, in the laments of Artemisia, Helen of Troy, Mary Magdalene, Orfeo and Euridice, have been revelatory experiences for the public and critics worldwide.
“Breathtaking performances of delicious music”
– Gramophone Magazine
“The lirone was utterly beguiling”
– Classical Music Magazine
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