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Verdelot: Madrigals For A Tudor King / Sayce, Alamire, Et Al


Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Obsidian Records   Catalog #: 703   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



VERDELOT Madrigals for a Tudor King David Skinner, dir; Lynda Sayce (lt, hp); Alamire (period instruments) OBSIDIAN 703 (66:58 Text and Translation)


It is unusual to get more than one Philippe Verdelot piece on a record, so this is a generous survey indeed. More surprising, the 30 madrigals, together with 30 motets (already recorded by another ensemble), constitute the contents of a set of part-books compiled about 1526 as a gift for Henry VIII from the city of Florence, where Read more Verdelot was maestro at the cathedral. The notes recount the disappearance of the books, the purchase of four of them by the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1935, and their publication by H. Colin Slim in 1972. This publication led to recognition of the missing part-book at St. Mary’s, Oscott College, which Slim then transcribed.


The individual pieces are not unknown. The program leads off with Italia mia , as a Paul van Nevel collection by that title did (16:1), and ends with Ultimi mei sospiri , as did a recent disc containing Philippe de Monte’s parody Mass (32:1). In this first complete recording, we hear 28 more pieces that do not show up elsewhere. As is typical of this repertoire, we hear consort singing, solo singing with lute on the remaining lines, and lute solos for the rest. Verdelot was an early composer of madrigals and an innovator, and he is identified in the part-books on most of these pieces (the rest are assumed to be his as well). This is a fine addition to the early madrigal, which led to a century of further innovation not only in Italy but also in England.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Italia mia bench'el parlar' by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
2.
Con l'angelico riso by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
3.
Quanto sia lieto il giorno by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
4.
Lasso che se creduto by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
5.
O dolce notte by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
6.
Madonna qual certezza by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1533; Italy 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
7.
Afflicti spirti mei by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
8.
Dentr'al mio cor by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
9.
Quando nascesti Amore? by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
10.
Piove dagli occhi della donna mia by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
11.
Pur troppo donn'in van tant'ho sperato by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1536; Italy 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
12.
I vostri acuti dardi by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Notes: : David Skinner. 
13.
Chi non fa prova Amore by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
14.
Lieta è madonna et io pur come soglio by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
15.
Con lacrim'et sospir by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
16.
Donna se fera stella by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
17.
Ognun si duol d'amore by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
18.
Altro non è 'l mio amor che 'l paradiso by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
19.
Madonna io v'amo et taccio by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
20.
Sì suave è l'inghanno by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
21.
Se ben li occhi mia infermi by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
22.
Cortese alma gentile by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
23.
Quanta dolceça Amore by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
24.
Donna che sete fra le donne belle by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
25.
La bella donna a cui donasti by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
26.
Deh quanto è dolc'amor by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
27.
Donna leggiadra et bella by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
28.
Madonna per voi ardo by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
29.
Amor io sento l'alma by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Notes: : David Skinner. 
30.
Ultimi miei sospiri by Phillippe Verdelot
Performer:  Lynda Sayce (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Notes: : David Skinner. 

Sound Samples

Italia mia benche 'l parlar sia indarno
Con l'angelico riso
Quanto sia lieto il giorno
Lasso che se creduto
O dolce notte
Madonna qual certezza
Afflicti spirti mei
Dentr'al mio cor
Quando nascesti Amore?
Piove dagli occhi della donna mia
Pur troppo donn'in van tant'ho sperato
I vostri acuti dardi
Chi non fa prova Amore
Lieta e madonna et io pur come soglio
Con lacrim'et sospir
Donna se fera stella
Ognun si duol d'amore
Altro non e 'l mio amor che 'l proprio inferno
Madonna io v'amo et taccio
Si suave e l'inghanno
Se ben li occhi mia infermi
Cortese alma gentile
Quanta dolceca Amore
Donna che sete fra le donne belle
La bella donna a cui donast' il core
Deh quanto e dolc'amor
Donna leggiadra et bella
Madonna per voi ardo
Amor io sento l'alma
Ultimi miei sospiri

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