della Ciaia: Lamentationi (Venice, 1650)

Roberta Invernizzi, Laboratorio ‘600
106:20 (2 CDs in wallet)
Glossa GCD 922903

Alessandro Della Ciaia (c1605-c1670) seems to have composed these nine Lamentations for a community of nuns in Siena, though they were published in Venice in 1650. The music is for solo soprano and continuo only – a huge challenge for the singer. I can only think of one person who might do a better job than Roberta Invernizzi though even she might ultimately be defeated by the fact that the music just isn’t that great – I’m afraid I don’t share the essay writer’s enthusiasm. However, his writing is informative, though I find it odd that a booklet with notes in four languages only translates the sung (Latin) text into one of them.

Brian Clark