Sunday 24 March 2019  |  2:30PM


In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the cornetto was fabled for its ability to imitate the human voice. This encompassed not only its clear and bright sound, but also its agility, range, dynamic flexibility, and articulation, making it sound as though the player were speaking through their instrument.

Hana Blažíková, a Czech soprano described as ‘one of the most exciting voices in the Baroque scene today’, joins world-renowned cornettist Bruce Dickey and musicians from Tasmania’s Van Diemen’s Band. Together, they revive the lost art of this instrumental-vocal pairing in a program framed by the seventeenth century, which also includes the Australian premiere of a new work for the combination by Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki.

Hana Blažíková | soprano
Bruce Dickey | cornetto

Van Diemen’s Band

Julia Fredersdorff | violin
Lucinda Moon | violin

Laura Vaughan | viola da gamba
Donald Nicolson | keyboard
Nicholas Pollock | theorbo


Maurizio Cazzati (1616–1678)

Regina coeli

Nicolň Corradini (c.1585–1646)

Spargite flores

Biagio Marini (1594–1663)

Sonata seconda a doi violini, Op.8

Sigismondo D'India (c.1582–1629)

Dilectus meus

Langue al vostro languir

Tarquinio Merula (c.1594–1665)

Nigra sum

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525–1594)

Nigra sum (with divisions by Bruce Dickey)

Giacomo Carissimi (c.1605–1674)

Summi regis puerpera


Calliope Tsoupaki (b.1963)

Mélena imí (Nigra sum)

Giovanni Battista Bassani (c.1650–1716)

Three arias from La Morte Delusa

'Speranza lusinghiera'

'Se splende in un seno'

'Error senza dolor'

Sonata prima a 3, Op.5

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725)

Three arias from L'Emireno

Rosinda: 'Non pianger solo dolce usignolo'

Emiremo: 'Senti, senti ch'io moro'

Emiremo: 'Labbra gradite'

Photo: Vojtęch Havlík

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