Press Release: José Lemos presents ‘Io Vidi in Terra’

September 26, 2013

Date: 09/24/2013
Contact: Media Relations, Sono Luminus, 540-837-5071,

Countertenor José Lemos releases, Io Vidi in Terra, an album of vocal music from the 17th century on the audiophile record label, Sono Luminus.

Brazilian countertenor José Lemos teams up with harpsichordist Jory Vinikour and theorbist Deborah Fox for Io Vidi in Terra, an album of Italian Baroque songs.

Boyce, VA – Artistically breathtaking and engagingly intimate, the vocal music of the early Italian Baroque was an exercise in close artistic collaboration. Bringing together three of the most renowned practitioners of historically-appropriate performance of Early Music and Baroque repertoires, the Sono Luminus release of Io Vidi in Terra provides a rare immersion into a mysterious world that, despite its relative obscurity in the perspectives of 21st-Century observers, shaped almost every aspect of music as it blossomed in subsequent generations.

“Vocally, Mr. Lemos’s singing is a seductive blend of light and shade: lured into the smoky recesses of his lower register, the listener is then enchanted by the twilit glow of the singer’s upper octave. There is not another singer in this range active today who sings with such evenness of tone and absolute integration of the registers, and these qualities contribute indelibly to the exalted grace of Mr. Lemos’s performance on this disc, as does the skill with which he exploits every emotive possibility of his flickering vibrato,” says Joseph Newsome in his blog, Voix des Arts.

This album contains works by: Tarquinio Merula, Marco da Gagliano, Bernardo Storace, Claudio Monteverdi, Benedetto Ferrari, Alessnadro Piccinini, Barbara Strozzi, and Girolamo Frescobaldi.

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Sono Luminus is an ultra-high fidelity record label focused on stereo and surround recordings of classical and acoustic music. 16 GRAMMY nominations, 2 wins.