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Armonia Celeste's new CD is bringing to life the rare and stunning music of the Swedish rebel Queen Christina’s 17th Century court.
Armonia Celeste's new CD is bringing to life the rare and stunning music of the Swedish rebel Queen Christina’s 17th Century court.
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"She walked like a man, sat and rode like a man, and could eat and swear like the roughest soldiers.” The Queen of Sweden was a scandalously independent-minded woman, greatly interested in the arts, and quite the contrarian. She renounced Protestantism, converted to Catholicism, abdicated the throne in 1654, and moved to Rome where she set up court in the Palazzo Riario and patronized the finest musicians and composers. Our album, "The Rebel Queen," will highlight music composed for two aspects of her life: the court and the chapel.  The incredibly diverse repertoire includes Roman cantatas and music for the church and private devotions. Music that survives in the manuscripts associated with her reign in Sweden is featured alongside music composed and performed in Rome during her residence there, all in homage to one of the most interesting figures in history.

Many people are surprised to find out that in order for most small ensembles to have an album on a major label these days, they have to present them with a finished CD ready for publication. That means that all costs for recording, editing and travel must be absorbed by the ensemble if any music is to find its way onto a CD. Those costs are seldom recouped after the album is picked up by a label, but those of us who are passionate about this music are willing to do whatever it takes to keep this music alive. Without recordings and performances this exquisite music from the court of Queen Christina of Sweden will disappear into nothing more than stacks of decaying parchment and forgotten microfilm.

We have already covered the substantial cost of recording the album, but there is a long road ahead before it ever sees the light of day. It must have many rounds of edits, translations, cd art design and much more.  We have even been in communication with Centaur Records and they have expressed interest in releasing the album on their label when we have completed the edits!

Having gone through this process once before with our debut album “Udite, Amanti- Lovers, Beware: Music of the 17th Century Barberini Courts,” we know that with the right commitment and support this project will make its way from unedited raw material to a polished finished product that we can share with the world.

Please consider being a part of our efforts to bring this remarkable music from the 17th Century to our 21st Century audience! It’s so much more than preservation of something once lost. It is music that stirs our souls and reminds us how beautiful our world can be.

Risks and challenges

Delays in a project like this are not unusual given the momentous collaborative efforts involved. The edits, translations, cover art, funding and printing all take time. This means that there are many people working toward the same goal, each experiencing their own hiccups. Fortunately, we have been through this process recently with our album "Udite, amanti!: Lovers, beware!" and have learned a great deal about how to avoid major delays, ultimately winding up with a phenomenal CD! Being told the release date will be pushed back 3 months or the editing might need further tweaking is always disappointing, but they are expected bumps in the road on the way to a finished product.

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