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Era Di Maggio - Scotto, Riccio, Antico, Frescobaldi, Etc / Ensemble Del Riccio


Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Concerto   Catalog #: 2017   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousPaolo ScotoBartolomeo TromboncinoAndrea Antico,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is a pleasant, if unremarkable, miscellany of some aspects of the music of the Italian Renaissance. The CD booklet tells us that “the compositions contained in this album constitute a wide and varied anthology of the vocal and instrumental music which flourished in Italy between the end of the 1400s and the first half of the 1600s”. That’s a lot of ground to cover, and the result is a CD which suffers from the sheer heterogeneity of the music on it. It was recorded in 1990, but no mention is made of any earlier release. Even in the sixteen years since 1990 the expectations of Read more the audience for this music have changed. We now expect more specialised programming – programming by genre or location or narrower time-span, for example, or, where possible, by single composer. This CD contains some examples of the frottola, for example, the secular song form popular in the Italy of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; here they take their place amongst instrumental pavans and galliards and other kinds of vocal music, such as Riccio’s early cantata ‘Jubilent omnes’. Understanding of the form, and a fuller appreciation of its various nature, is however more readily to be had from a CD such as that by Marco Beasley (the vocalist on the present CD) and Accordone, Frottole on Cypres (CYP1643). 

Beasley is an interesting figure. He was born in Naples, son of an English father and a Neapolitan mother, he studied singing and the performing arts in Bologna. A meeting – and a brief period of study, cut short by her early death – with Cathy Berberian influenced him profoundly. He has an attractive tenor voice, and his performances here – especially in some of the more lyrical pieces, such as the anonymous ‘La pastorella si leva per tempo’, which sets lines by the Florentine poet and scholar Angelo Poliziano – are generally very pleasing. In some of the faster numbers he sings with rather less tonal variety than has characterised his later work. Another of the members of the Riccio Ensemble has, of course, also gone on to bigger and better things. Ottavio Dantone is perhaps now best known as director of the Accademia Bizantina, based in Ravenna, responsible for excellent recordings such as that of Vivaldi’s opera Tito Manlio on Naïve OP30413 (see review). He has also made some fine recordings as a solo harpsichordist (see reviews 1 and 2). On the present CD he is largely restricted to continuo work, although his performance of Andrea Antico’s intabulation of Tromboncino’s ‘Vergine bella’ is well worth hearing. Talking of what happened to the members of Ensemble Riccio in later years, presumably the Luca Bonvini who plays the sackbut here is the same Luca Bonvini who, as a jazz trumpeter and trombonist, has gone on to play with many leading avant-garde musicians, such as Anthony Braxton and Muhal Richard Abrams?

The booklet notes talk at some length about the various musical genres represented here, but say almost nothing about the performers or about the composers. This last is particularly unfortunate as they are by no means all household names. What is useful is that we are given the sources of each piece, whether in a printed text or in a manuscript. That Angelo Notari’s ‘Canzone passagiata’ should be taken from British Library Add. MS 31440 is a reminder that the Paduan Notari was in England by 1612, amongst the musicians in the golden circle around Prince Henry, that he was a prime agent in spreading knowledge of Italian music in England, and that in one role or another he was in London until his death in 1663, aged 93! In his last years he was associated with Henry Purcell senior, father of the composer.

Era di maggio provokes many such lines of thought, and it makes for pleasant listening."

-- Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Era di maggio by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1515; Italy 
2.
Turluru la capra e moza by Paolo Scoto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
3.
Zorzi by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
4.
Virgine bella by Bartolomeo Tromboncino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
5.
Vergine bella che di sol vestita by Andrea Antico
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
6.
Pan de miglio caldo by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
7.
Un Cavalier di Spagna by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
8.
Il primo libro di balli a quattro voci: no 18, Ballo francese by Giorgio Mainerio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1578; Italy 
9.
Il primo libro di balli a quattro voci: no 19, Ballo anglese by Giorgio Mainerio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1578; Italy 
10.
Il primo libro di balli a quattro voci: no 6, Putta nera "Ballo furlano" by Giorgio Mainerio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1578; Italy 
11.
La zotta by Giacomo Fogliano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
12.
La pastorella si leva per tempo bello by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
13.
El Bisson by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
14.
La rocha el fuso by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
15.
Cingari simo by Giovanni Domenico Nola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
16.
Il primo libro de intavolatura: Siate avvertiti by Gabriele Fallamero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
17.
Toccata no 5 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Baroque 
18.
Cantata a voce sopra la Passacaglia by Giovanni Felice Sances
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
19.
Canzone passaggiata by Angelo Notari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
20.
Ninfa sconoscente by Giovanni Stefani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
21.
Jubilent omnes by Giovanni Battista Riccio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
22.
Il terzo libro delle divine lodi musicali: La Grimaneta by Giovanni Battista Riccio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Baroque 
23.
Villan di Spagna by Giuseppe Giamberti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Rome, Italy 
24.
In partitura, il primo libro delle canzoni per sonare...con 2 Toccate: Ambitiosa by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1628; Rome, Italy 
25.
Damigella, Tutta bella by Vincenzo Calestani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble del Riccio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 

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