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Soprano Ellen Hargis, the soloist in this recital, is a leading specialist in 17th-century vocal repertoire. She and lutenist Kevin Mason, both members of the early-music ensemble the Orpheus Band, have compiled a sampler that contrasts the two prominent singing styles of the time, French and Italian. The French songs tend to be on the dolorous side, eliciting an emotional response quite different from the passionate Italian declarations. The differences, of course, were derived from the ways the languages are spoken: just compare the French word for "love"--the languid, long-breathed amour--to the Italian's abrupt, emphatic amore. Mason will accompany on the lute--preferred by French composers--and the guitar in the French half, devoted to the music of Michel Lambert, Sebastian Le Camus, and Pierre Guedron. His instruments in the Italian half, which showcases Monteverdi, Sigismondo d'India, and Stefano Landi, are the guitar and the theorbo, whose sound the Italians particularly fancied. Friday, 8 PM, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary Chapel, 2122 Sheridan, Evanston. Saturday, 8 PM, Church of the Ascension, 1133 N. LaSalle. 549-2969.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Lisa Kohler.

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