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Canzoni e Danze / Piffaro


Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 000993202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joan Ambrosio DalzaHeinrich IsaacFrancesco BendusiGiorgio Mainerio,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 de Read 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.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Piva by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
2. Palle, palle by Heinrich Isaac
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
3. Pass'e mezzo ditto il romano, Pass'mezzo ditto il compasso by Francesco Bendusi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Written: pub 1553 
4. Regem archangelorum by Costanzo Festa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
5. Il primo libro di balli a quattro voci: no 17, La Parma by Giorgio Mainerio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1578; Italy 
6. Canzona "Istrina" by Aurelio Bonelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
7. Al dì, dolce ben mio by Fillippo Azzaiolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1557; Italy 
8. Donna, quando pietosa by Jacques Arcadelt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1539 
9. Il primo libro di balli a quattro voci: no 6, Putta nera "Ballo furlano" by Giorgio Mainerio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1578; Italy 
10. All'arm', all'arm' by Ludovico Agostini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1574; Italy 

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