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John Armato and Nola Richardson are making a recording together of Italian and English music! The theme? The painful pleasure of love!
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Who we are:

We (Nola Richardson and John Armato) are frequent performers throughout the Baltimore/DC area and further afield. We both specialize in Early Music and have found much success in the field, both as a duo and separately. We have several concerts coming up in April, including a tour to California. We are also both very nice people so if you'd like to learn anything else about us please feel free to check out our websites or just ask! www.NolaRichardson.com and http://www.john-armato.com.

Our Concept:

Love can be both divinely pleasurable and hellishly tormenting! We feel that the composers of the Renaissance and Baroque periods must have understood this better than anyone because they created some of the most beautifully expressive music (and texts!) on the dual nature of love. We are very much looking forward to recording our interpretations of these pieces as we feel that they are so inherently relatable to everyone! After all, who hasn't sighed for unrequited love, or felt the bitter pangs of heartache or even feared the end of a relationship even as it was beginning?

Your Help:

We feel so lucky to have such supportive fans and friends! Your contributions will make it possible for us to pay our recording engineer (the talented Max Kuzmyak), reserve a recording venue, and pay for the manufacture of our cds. Anything extra will help fund our upcoming tour to California! We also hope to make some more videos to go along with the recording with the help of Aaron Halevy who also made our video above.

Our Program*:

Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)  
Amor, io parto
Dolcissimo sospiro
Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) 
L'eraclito amoroso 
L'amante segreto
Luigi Rossi (1597-1653) 
Mio ben teco il tormento 
Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665)
Folle è ben che si crede 
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) 
Quel sguardo sdengosetto
Si dolce è’l tormento
John Dowland (1563-1626)
Sorrow stay
Can she excuse?
Tell me true love
Awake sweet love
Sigismondo d’India (1582-1629)
Piangono al pianger mio 
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) 
She loves, and she confesses too 
I attempt from love’s sickness 

*Please note, our program is not yet entirely finalized!

Thanks for your support!

Si dolce è’l tormento
Ch’in seno mi sta,
Ch’io vivo contento
Per cruda beltà.

So sweet is the torment 
that lies in my heart, 
that I live happily
because of its cruel beauty.

Risks and challenges

We are both busy working musicians so it's taken a lot of planning and effort to get to this point! It will be a challenge to get everything done in the short time we have allotted for ourselves, but we feel confident that we have some great music to offer.

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