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Marenzio E Il Suo Tempo

Alesci / Verasani / Lonardi
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Tactus   Catalog #: 531302   Spars Code: DDD 
Number of Discs: 1 
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LUCA MARENZIO E IL SUO TEMPO Angela Alesci (s); Domenico Cerasani, Massimo Lonardi (lt) TACTUS 531302 (56: 04)


The subtitle refers to “the end of the 1500s,” the time we know as the transition from Renaissance to Baroque, when madrigals (and similar songs bearing other names) began to assume a prominent place in secular music. Luca Marenzio, as we have seen, published his Read more First Book of Madrigals for Five Voices (not to be confused with later publications of first books for other groups) in 1580. The published books have had a good amount of attention on records ( Fanfare 37:4; 33:2; 18:5), but this program situates 12 of his works among his contemporaries, regularly alternating his vocal works with 13 instrumental pieces by the others (some solos, mostly duets). The notes make clear that the lutenists fill in the lower parts of the madrigals while Alesci sings the top line, a practice that was commonplace at the time. Philippe Verdelot’s madrigals, reduced to the notated top voice with lute intabulation by Adrian Willaert, are well known on records. It appears that most of the other works were composed as instrumental pieces, such as two fantasias of Lassus, while the rest were arranged from vocal works, such as Giacomo Gorzanis’s arrangement of a villanella by Filippo Azzaiolo. Four of Marenzio’s madrigals are taken from the 1580 publication, but the rest are not identified by source.

The trio won an international prize for young people and the creative arts last year, and the recording quickly followed. Alesci projects the music with confidence and elegant tone, while the pair of lutenists supports her effectively. The five pages of notes by Cerasani are helpful, clarifying the basis for including the contemporaries in the program, but the texts must be found on the label’s web site. While the complete sets of published books are a good way of presenting this music on records, this is an alternative program that has its own rationale. Watch this group for more good work, for they have a promising future.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Sound Samples

Che fa hoggi il mio sole
Il primo libro delle villanelle: Al primo vostro sguardo
Fronimo - Contrappunto 1 (arr. for 2 lutes)
Il primo libro delle villanelle: Lasso non e cor mio ch'io ti rimiri
La rocca e il fuso
Il quarto libro delle villanelle: Occhi dolci e soavi
Il primo libro de madrigali: Dolorosi martir, fieri tormenti
Fantasia quarta
Il terzo libro delle villanelle: Io son ferito e chi mi punse il core
Ricercare del nono tuono
Il primo libro delle villanelle: Fuggiro tant'amore
Il terzo libro delle villanelle: Degli occhi il dolce giro
Duo tutti di fantasia
Se'l raggio dei vostr'occhi
Il primo libro de madrigali: Tirsi morir volea
Bianco fiore (arr. for 2 lutes)
Il primo libro delle villanelle: Con la fronte fiorita e i crin'ardenti
Fantasia Sesta
Il primo libro de madrigali: Questa di verd'herbette

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