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Cantus Coronatus Vocal Duo:
Simona Liamo (soprano), Nora Petročenko (mezzo-soprano)
Birutė Asevičiūtė (piano)
Programme: Georg Friedrich Händel, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Robert Schumann
The revival of Baroque music performance in various countries across Europe bears a testimony to the extraordinary richness and diversity of the period’s musical heritage marked with powerful emotional charge and eloquence that still hold appeal for contemporary musicians and audiences. In vocal music such expressivity manifests itself through the intimate union of poetry and music, which presents many opportunities for an intelligent performer to create vivid and convincing interpretations that can instantly reach the hearts of his or her listeners. When two musicians make music together as a duo this mission becomes twice as convincing and effective.
Cantus Coronatus is the result of a recent creative impulse that drove two singers with a penchant for Baroque music repertoire – soprano Simona Liamo and mezzo-soprano Nora Petročenko – to form a vocal duo accompanied by pianist Birutė Asevičiūtė. In their new programme “A Magic Bouquet of Duets”, they combine duets and arias from a number of Baroque oratorios, operas and cantatas by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Purcell, Händel and Bach with a few pieces by Haydn and Mozart that are otherwise rarely included in concert programmes in Lithuania.