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KPFA to Broadcast Newly Released Recording of Cozzolani Motet

November 25, 2009

Release of Ecce annuntio vobis to mark the launch of Cozzolani Project

A recently completed recording of the Christmas motet Ecce annuntio vobis will receive it’s broadcast premiere on KPFA’s program “A Musical Offering” on Sunday morning November 29th. I will be a guest of the program’s host Mary Berg from 7:30 to 8:45 (it is an early music program!) to talk about Cozzolani and Magnificat’s upcoming performances of her Mass and motets, and to listen to some of her remarkable music. The motet is scheduled for broadcast around 8:00 am.

Jennifer Ellis Kampani

Jennifer Ellis Kampani

Ecce annuntio vobis was featured on Magnificat’s first performances of Cozzolani’s music in December 1999 as part of the San Fancisco Early Music Society concert series. Jennifer Ellis Kampani’s exhilirating interpretation of this soprano showpiece was captured by Musica Omnia’s  producer Peter Watchorn and engineer Peter Watchorn in a recording session just over a year later. Jennifer was joined by David Tayler (theorbo) and Hanneke van Proosdij (organ) for the recordings, which took place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere.

The Christmas subject of the text meant that it was not included in either of Magnificat’s CDs released by Musica Omnia, since they were built around liturgies from other feasts (Annunciation for Vespro della Beata Vergine and Easter for Messa Paschale). It will be performed, along with Cozzolani’s setting of the mass and four other motets, on Magnificat’s concerts on the weekend of December 4-6 with Jennifer singing of course.

Mary Berg’s A Musical Offering has been a Bay Area institution since it began in the 80s, playing early music every Sunday morning on KPFA (94.1 FM in Berkeley) and KFCF (88.1 FM in Fresno).

The release of Ecce annuntio vobis marks the next phase in  The Cozzolani Project – a joint venture of Magnificat and Musica Omnia to make recordings of the composer’s complete works available and to promote a wider appreciation and deeper understanding of her life and music and the cultural context in which she lived.

The recordings will eventually be available on physical CDs, with her complete 1650 collection Salmi a otto voci due for release next Spring. But we decided there was no reason to wait and we will be releasing the individual tracks digitally as they are completed. Streaming audio and download links for Ecce annuntio vobis and all of Magnificat’s recordings of Cozzolani will be available here, on Magnificat’s website, and at the Cozzolani Project website. More details about The Cozzolani Project will be announced soon.

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