Tone Wik

Formosa Mea

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020181219
Catnr: LWC 1109
Release date: 04 November 2016
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€ 19.95
Lawo Classics
Catalogue number
LWC 1109
Release date
04 November 2016

"... the music is of high quality and the programme includes several little-known items."

Music Web International, 03-7-2017

About the album

Formosa mea (My beauty), an expression taken from Song of Solomon, recurs as a theme in a number of the songs on Tone Wik's new album. The sensual texts are an homage to the Virgin Mary. Her chaste, unattainable beauty is the focus of adoration, lending a quality of innocence to the erotic content of the texts. The music is from a period when the church was in the process of accepting the musical influence of street music and folk theatre, which changed the style of church music. 'Formosa mea' features two seldon-performed Christmas cantatas, written by the female composer Franscesca Caccini and her colleague, Bonifatio Gratiani. Soprano Tone Wike has specialized for years in music of the BAroque period. She is in frequent demand as soloist and performs regularly with early music musicians and ensembles.
"Formosa mea" enthält zwei selten ausgeführte Weihnachtskantaten, geschrieben von der weiblichen Komponistin Franscesca Caccini und ihrem Kollegen Bonifatio Gratiani.


Tone Wik was born in Oslo, and studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Later, she specialised in early music at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Her repertoire spans music from the Middle Ages to contemporary music, but Tone Wik is especially noted for her interpretation of baroque music. Her performances have been reviewed in international newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone. Her two previous solo CDs, "Dolcissimo Sospiro" and "Bellezza Crudel" gained recognition in both Norwegian and international media.
Her singing of composers such as d’India and Monteverdi was among the best I have ever heard. (Andrew O’Connor International Record Review, June 2009). Formosa Mea is her third solo CD.

Tone Wik has performed as a soloist with conductors, musicians and early music ensembles such as Joshua Rifkin, Andrew Lawrence-King, Harry Christophers, Shalev Adel, Andrew Manze, Alfredo Bernardini, Ryo Terakado, Ronald Brautigam, The Bach Ensemble-New York, Il Gardellino, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen and Barokkanerne. She has performed at many international festivals such as Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Festival van Vlaanderen Brugge - MAFestival, Händel-Festspiele Halle, Barockfest Münster, Israel Festival, Brezice Festival, Musicantica Trento, Stockholm Early Music Festival, Oslo Kammermusikkfestival, Bergen International Festival and Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. She also works as a singing teacher and choir conductor.


... the music is of high quality and the programme includes several little-known items.
Music Web International, 03-7-2017

Some of the selections are among the best known examples of this repertoire, including Monteverdi’s ‘Exulta fila Sion’ and Alessandro Grandi’s ‘O quam tu pulchra es’.
American Record Guide, 28-6-2017

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