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Kapsberger: Libro Secondo D'arie / Coehlo, Il Furioso


Release Date: 10/10/2006 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 27   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni KapsbergerBellerofonte CastaldiAnonymousTraditional
Performer:  Victor CoelhoGian Paolo FagottoNeil CockburnDavid Dolata,   ... 
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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KAPSBERGER Libro secondo d’arie (1623) Victor Coelho, cond; Janet Youngdahl (sop); Julie Harris (sop); Gian Paolo Fagotto (ten); Paul Grindlay (bs); Il Furioso (period instruments) TOCCATA 0027 (54:07 Text and Translation)


In 1623 Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger published his Libro secondo , a set of rather severe moralistic texts that seem at odds with the often frivolous and human subjects of Read more other arias of the time. Interspersed are instrumental odds and ends; a rather nicely flowing Corrente by the composer, an anonymous canzona, toccata, and lute song transcription entitled “La Monica,” and two works by Bellerofonte Castaldi, whose music I review elsewhere in this issue. Each of these interludes is only a couple of minutes at the most and serves to separate the vocal sections of the edition. Since all of them are rather more melodically active, they complement the conservative monodic arias.


The meditative nature of the poetry was probably the result of Kapsberger’s new allegiance to the Barberini family, one of whom was appointed about this time as Pope Urban VIII. Although the Papal court was somewhat secularized, with the lutenist composer writing operas and various instrumental dances, he was also focused upon a more austere sacred music. In 1631 he published the Missæ Urbanæ , a set of Masses dedicated to his patron that were almost certainly performed in the Sistine Chapel, as well as a Jesuit opera on Saints Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier. Kapsberger chose a deliberately conservative style for these pieces, with accompaniment limited to chords above a voice that moves with the appropriate florid ornamentation. On occasion, there is considerable sensitivity, as in the number “O come in van credei,” in which a sepulchral bass, descending to its lowest register, proclaims the futility of pleasure, moving at the end to bitter tears. In “Popol diletto mio,” a distraught Moses admonishes his flock for their iniquities, with the tenor becoming more agitated rhythmically as he outlines their ingratitude. In “T’inaspiri a miei lamenti,” the soprano and bass weave a gentle duet around the subject of love’s cruelty, as if both male and female participants have experienced a mutual pain (which of course they have). The following pastoral “Dunque con stile” has the two innocent shepherdesses begin with a light dance-like duet, but as each of the verses explores the fleeting beauty of youth, the lines expand, reuniting in the moralistic final verse.


The recording by Il Furioso is particularly effective. Paul Grindlay’s bass is sonorous and powerful, the two sopranos, Janet Youngdahl and Julie Harris, clear and precise, and Gian Paolo Fagotto’s tenor decisive with an excellent sense of the period style and ornamentation. The accompaniment by David Dolata, Victor Coelho, and Neil Cockburn is tasteful and with the variations of chordal accompaniments in the arias that keep things moving forward without sacrificing the important contemplative textual meaning that needs to emerge. In short, this is one recording that anyone interested in Roman music of the early 17th century must have. It is a sensitive, resonant, and effective collection that demonstrates the musical genius of the composer.


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Works on This Recording

1. Voi che dietro by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Archlute), Gian Paolo Fagotto (Tenor), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord),
David Dolata (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
2. Libro III d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Corrente by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1626; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
3. Libro II d'arie (30): Alma che fai, che pensi by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Janet Youngdahl (Soprano), Victor Coelho (Archlute), David Dolata (Theorbo),
Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
4. Capricci a 2 stromenti: Sonata no 2 for Theorbo "Sonate forastiere in habito tiorbesco" by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
5. Libro II d'arie (30): Tu dormi by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  David Dolata (Theorbo), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord), Gian Paolo Fagotto (Tenor),
Victor Coelho (Archlute)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
6. Libro II d'arie (30): Pargoletto son io by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Archlute), Janet Youngdahl (Soprano), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord),
David Dolata (Theorbo), Julie Harris (Soprano)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
7. Libro II d'arie (30): I'vo piangendo i miei passati tempi by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Archlute), Gian Paolo Fagotto (Tenor), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord),
David Dolata (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
8. Libro II d'arie (30): Dolcissimo Signore by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Janet Youngdahl (Soprano), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord), David Dolata (Theorbo),
Victor Coelho (Archlute)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
9. Canzona by Anonymous
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
10. Libro II d'arie (30): T'inaspri à miei lamenti by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Archlute), Janet Youngdahl (Soprano), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord),
David Dolata (Theorbo), Paul Grindlay (Bass)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
11. Libro II d'arie (30): Dunque con stile lieto, dolcissimo by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Archlute), Janet Youngdahl (Soprano), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord),
David Dolata (Theorbo), Julie Harris (Soprano)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
12. Libro II d'arie (30): Pietà di chi si more by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Archlute), Paul Grindlay (Bass), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord),
David Dolata (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
13. Libro II d'arie (30): Popol diletto mio by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Gian Paolo Fagotto (Tenor), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord), David Dolata (Theorbo),
Victor Coelho (Archlute)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
14. Madre non mi far monica "La monica" by Traditional
Performer:  David Dolata (Theorbo), Victor Coelho (Theorbo)
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
15. Libro II d'arie (30): Ancora il Rè nasce piangendo in terra by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Victor Coelho (Archlute), Janet Youngdahl (Soprano), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord),
David Dolata (Theorbo), Gian Paolo Fagotto (Tenor), Julie Harris (Soprano)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
16. Toccata by Anonymous
Performer:  David Dolata (Theorbo), Victor Coelho (Theorbo)
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
17. Libro II d'arie (30): O come in van credei by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul Grindlay (Bass), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord), David Dolata (Theorbo),
Victor Coelho (Archlute)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
18. Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Mustazzin corrente by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Performer:  David Dolata (Theorbo), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord), Victor Coelho (Archlute)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 
19. Libro II d'arie (30): Perché pietà by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul Grindlay (Bass), Victor Coelho (Archlute), Neil Cockburn (Harpsichord),
David Dolata (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Victor Coelho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Furioso
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1623; Italy 
Venue:  Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Wyatt Recital Hall, Mount Royal College, Calgary (06/03/2004 - 06/07/2004) 

Sound Samples

Voi, che dietro a fallaci
Corrente
Alma che fai, che pensi
Sonata No. 2
Tu dormi
Pargoletto son io
I'vo piangendo i miei passati tempi
Docissimo Signore
Canzona
T'inaspri a miei lamenti
Dunque con stile lieto, dolcissimo
Pieta di chi si more
Popol diletto mio
Monica
Ancora il Re nasce piangendo in terra
Toccata
O come in van credei
Mustazzin corrente
Perche pieta

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