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Luca Marenzio: Primo Libro Di Madrigali

Marenzio
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 922802   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Luca Marenzio
Performer:  Marco [Bass (Vocal)] RicagnoPaolo Borgonovo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MARENZIO Madrigals, Book 1, for Five Voices (1580). Eight other madrigals La Compagnia del Madrigale GLOSSA 922802 (67:37 Text and Translation)


Luca Marenzio (c.1553–99) spent his early years in Mantua, Ferrara, and Florence, where the nobles were interested in poetry, music, and painting. The madrigals heard here were the first book that he published, and two of these pieces were included in the first Marenzio CD Read more that I heard ( Fanfare 5:6; CD in 13:4). The first recording to offer a complete book of the composer’s madrigals was The First Book of Madrigals for Four Voices of 1585 (18:5), a more difficult ensemble to write for because the missing fifth voice would fill in the range of voices better (indeed, Marenzio never published a second book for four voices). Note the similar titles that are found elsewhere among his publications, since Marenzio counted the books as a separate series for each vocal ensemble. Hence the number of voices is integral to the title, but the title of this CD fails to specify, at least on the front cover, which book is heard here. Next on records came the Ninth Book for Five Voices of 1599 (33:2), the Sixth Book for Five Voices of 1594 (not reviewed here), and even the First Book of Spiritual Madrigals for Five Voices (30:2). There are also the usual collections drawn from several of Marenzio’s books.


The notes fill in the background of a Rome that knew la dolce vita as well as any other era in its history. This book was published in the year that Michel de Montaigne visited to describe what he witnessed. But the unedifying aspects of the city were fertile ground for Marenzio’s art. His patron was Cardinal Luigi d’Este, whose home in Rome is today the Quirinal Palace, the residence of the president of Italy. He made a striking contribution to the development of the madrigal in the mere 20 years before his early death. This Primo Libro follows the set of five-voice pieces with an eight-voice work, as Schütz later did in his Madrigals op. 1. The disc is filled out with a madrigal and a sestina (a set of six madrigals) from Dolci affetti of 1582 and a madrigal from 1577. The singing is exquisite, light and airy without affectation. From his position in the early years of the madrigal, Marenzio deserves more attention than he has so far received. This ensemble received abundant praise for its earlier Gesualdo (36:6), but Marenzio is more in need of attention. Perhaps it will continue beyond this first disc.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Liquide perle Amor da gli occhi sparse, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Ohime, dov'è 'l mio ben, dov'è 'l mio core, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 v by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Spuntavan già per far il mondo adorno, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Quando i vostri begl'occhi un caro velo, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Tirsi morir volea, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Dolorosi martir, fieri tormenti, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Che fa hoggi il mio sole, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Lasso ch'io ardo e 'l mio bel sole ardente, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 v by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
9.
Venuta era Madonna al mio languire, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
10.
Madonna mia gentil ringratio Amore, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11.
Cantava la più vaga pastorella, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Questa di verd'herbette, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
13.
Partirò dunque, ohime mi manca il core, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
O tu che fra le selve occulta vivi, madrigal for 8 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Performer:  Marco [Bass (Vocal)] Ricagno (), Paolo Borgonovo ()
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15.
Dolci son le quadrella ond' Amor punge, madrigal for 4 voices (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
16.
Donna bella e crudele, se sdegn' havete, madrigal for 5 voices (3 parts by J. Chater) by Luca Marenzio
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/08/2011 
Venue:  Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, It 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Liquide perle Amor da gli occhi sparse
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Ohime, dov'e 'l mio ben, dov'e 'l mio core
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Spuntavan gia per far il mondo adorno
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Quando i vostri begl'occhi un caro velo
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Tirsi morir volea
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Dolorosi martir, fieri tormenti
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Che fa hoggi il mio sole
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Lasso ch'io ardo e 'l mio bel sole ardente
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Venuta era Madonna al mio languire
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Madonna mia gentil ringratio Amore
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Cantava la piu vaga pastorella
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Questa di verd'herbette
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: Partiro dunque, ohime mi manca il core
Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1: O tu che fra le selve occulta vivi
In quel ben nato
Sestina Mentre ti fui si grato: Mentre ti fui si grato (G.M. Nanino)
Sestina Mentre ti fui si grato: Mentre ti fui si cara (G.B. Moscaglia)
Sestina Mentre ti fui si grato: Hor pien d'altro desio (L. Marenzio)
Sestina Mentre ti fui si grato: Or un laccio, un ardore (G. de Macque)
Sestina Mentre ti fui si grato: Lasso dunque, che fia (F. Soriano)
Sestina Mentre ti fui si grato: Benche seza mentire (A. Zoilo)
Donna bella e crudele, se sdegn' havete

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