For a disc featuring bagpipes, shawns, recorders, flutes, crumhorns, and sackbutts plus lutes, citterns, guitars, and assorted untamed percussion instruments, it's not as raucous as you might at first imagine. That's not to say that the seven players of Philadelphia's Piffaro early instrument ensemble don't kick up a ruckus on this 1995 disc called Canzoni e Danze – Wind Music from Renaissance Italy. On tracks like the opening Piza and the later La Parma, Piffaro's attack is mighty and its rhythms are strong. Yet on the string-driven Pass'e mezzo ditto il Romano and the flute- and recorder-dominated Aldì, dolce ben mio show a more dulcet and lovely side of the ensemble. And the closing suite begun with the drum-led march La morte deRead more la ragione shows the group can build a dramatic sequence to a rousing climax as well as the best late Romantic. There's never any question of the player's abilities. Even on the most notoriously recalcitrant Renaissance instruments, Piffaro performs with virtuoso ease and brilliance both individually and as an ensemble. Anyone looking for a rambunctious good time in a Renaissance sort of way who doesn't already know this disc from its first release will surely enjoy it in this 2007 reissue.
All'arm', all'arm'by Ludovico Agostini Orchestra/Ensemble:
Period: Renaissance Written: by 1574; Italy
Palle, palle / Ne più bella di queste / La mi la sol
Pass'e mezo ditto il Romano / Moschetta / Bandera
La Parma / Un sonar de piva in fachinesco (Lirum bililirum)
Regem archangelorum / Alma, che scarca dal corporeo velo
Aldì, dolce ben mio / Bona via faccia barca (Venetiana) / Gentil madonna, del mio cor padrona
Donna, quando pietosa / El travagliato / La gamba in basso e soprano / Amor è foco e ghiaccio
Putta nera ballo furlano
All'arm', all'arm' / Com'al primo apparir / Sonata "La facca"
Canzona "Istrina" / Sonata "La fontana" / Canzona "Licori"
La morte de la ragione - La traditora / Bel fiore / La rocha el fuso - El desperato - La lavandara
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Not GrungeApril 24, 2014By Damian B. (Queanbeyan, New South Wales)See All My Reviews"This music is not raucus. It is probably not rambunctous. It is definately not grunge, renaissance or any other type. Yet these adjectives are all over the sleeve instead of program notes. The picture on the front is okay though. For raucous, Archiv has released better anthologies than this, like Terpischore by Ulsamer Collegium, and I've heard La Doulce Memoire play renaissance instrumentals with a lot more abandon. Piffaro don't use percussion until well into the disc, and double-reed instruments will sound forward, bold, but not raucus. Instead, Canzoni e Danze stays in the regions between jolly and nice. Most of this review is about the rubbish written on the sleeve, but the disc itself I like. It took a while to get onto its level, and a other listeners will like it better by disregarding the promotional blurb."Report Abuse
Expectations not fulfilledApril 22, 2014By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW)See All My Reviews"I know Piffaro and so I thought this would be a good buy. The recording is shrill and horrible to play I regret that ARKIV has stooped so low allowing such scratchy material be up for sale. SHAME on you"Report Abuse
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