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Rossi: Primo Libro Di Madrigali / Ut Musica Poesis

Rossi / Ut Musica Poesis Ensemble
Release Date: 07/10/2001 
Label:  Tactus   Catalog #: 571803   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Gian Luca LastraioliMarcello VargettoCostanza RediniPaolo Fanciullacci,   ... 
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Salomone (or Salamone) Rossi is one of the very few Jewish professional musicians of the baroque era who was able to explore his talents as a composer. In most countries in Europe many restrictions were imposed upon the Jewish communities which were often forced to live in ghettos. That wasn't any different in Mantua. It was due to Rossi’s close connections to the court of the Gonzagas in Mantua, where he was born and died, that Rossi was given the privilege of going outside the ghetto without having to wear a yellow star. He got experience as a singer and violinist under Monteverdi, who worked in Mantua from 1590 to 1612.

The good relationship with the Gonzaga court is also reflected by the fact that several of Rossi's
Read more publications were dedicated to members of the court: both his book of canzonettas (1589) and the first book with five-part madrigals (1600) were dedicated to Duke Vincenzo of Gonzaga. Rossi's sister also took profit from this connection as she served the court as a singer - known as 'Madama Europa' - making her the only professional Jewish singer of her time. She sang the title role in Monteverdi's now lost opera Arianna.

This disc contains the complete book of madrigals for four voices, which was published in 1614. Most madrigals in it were probably written around 1600. Indications for this are the writing in four parts - which was out of fashion at the time of publication - and the frequent use of texts by Guarini, most of them from his play 'Il pastor fido', which was very popular at the Mantuan court around 1600. Stylistically they are more connected to the madrigals written in the last decades of the 16th century than to those of the early 17th century, by the likes of Monteverdi. And although this book contains a part for basso continuo, it is not indispensable, as is shown by the fact that several madrigals are performed here with voices only.

It is difficult for those who don't know Italian to hear in what way Rossi sets words to music, since the booklet doesn't contain a translation of the lyrics. But even so it is possible to enjoy these madrigals, and in some cases the illustration of the text is obvious, like the serenity at the beginning of 'Dolcemente dormiva la mia Clori' or the grievous setting of the first lines of 'Ah dolente partita'.

In addition to the book of four-part madrigals the ensemble has recorded six arias from the first book of five-part madrigals of 1600. These pieces could be performed either with five voices or with solo voice and basso continuo, which is how they are recorded here. This alternative scorings are an indication that these airs are not full-blown monodies, which were in vogue in the first decades of the 17th century. In comparison with monodies these airs are less dramatic and also less adventurous in regard to harmony. Five of them are again on texts by Guarini.

The ensemble is giving a fine performance of these madrigals and does them full justice. The singers all have excellent voices, which blend very well. The instruments give modest support in the four-part madrigals, but a more elaborate role in the solo pieces. These are performed well, but the soprano and the tenor are a little too bland and careful, for example in regard to dynamics and ornamentation. The contralto is the most expressive of the three. The disc ends with a madrigal sung by eight voices. I don't understand the reasons for this, but it is quite beautifully sung and provides a pleasing final chord.

I have really enjoyed this recording, which I also find interesting from a historical point of view. It's a shame, though, that the lyrics are not translated. And a duration of 46 minutes is hardly acceptable for a full-price disc.

-- Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigali, Book 1: Ohimè se tanto amate by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Madrigali, Book 1: Anima del cor mio by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Costanza Redini (Alto), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor),
Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Santina Tomasello (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Madrigali, Book 1: Cor mio, deh non languire by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Marcello Vargetto (Bass),
Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Costanza Redini (Alto)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Madrigali, Book 1: Udite lagrimosi spirti by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Marcello Vargetto (Bass),
Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto), Santina Tomasello (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Madrigali, Book 1: Tirsi mio by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Marcello Vargetto (Bass),
Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Costanza Redini (Alto)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Madrigali, Book 1: Parlo misero, o taccio by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Madrigali, Book 1: Piangete, occhi miei lassi by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Madrigali, Book 1: O quante volt'invan by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9.
Madrigali, Book 1: Tanto e'l martir d'amore by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Francesca Chiocci (Viola da gamba), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute),
Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
10.
Madrigali, Book 1: Com'e dolc'il gioire by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Marcello Vargetto (Bass),
Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto), Santina Tomasello (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Madrigali, Book 1: O Mirtillo, Mirtillo by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Francesca Chiocci (Viola da gamba), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute),
Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Madrigali, Book 1: Tu parti a pena giunto by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Marcello Vargetto (Bass),
Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto), Santina Tomasello (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13.
Madrigali, Book 1: In dolci lacci by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
14.
Madrigali, Book 1: Ahi, tu parti, o mia luce by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
15.
Madrigali, Book 1: Nel tuo bel sen si strugge by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
16.
Madrigali, Book 1: O dolcezz'amarissime d'amore by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
17.
Madrigali, Book 1: Vaghe luci amorose by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Costanza Redini (Alto),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
18.
Madrigali, Book 1: Mia vita, s'egli e vero by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Costanza Redini (Alto), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
19.
Madrigali, Book 1: Dolcemente dormiva la mia Clori by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Francesca Chiocci (Viola da gamba), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute),
Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Santina Tomasello (Soprano),
Costanza Redini (Alto)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
20.
Madrigali, Book 1: Cor mio, mentr'io vi miro by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Marcello Vargetto (Bass),
Costanza Redini (Alto), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Santina Tomasello (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
21.
Madrigali, Book 1: Ah dolente partita by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Costanza Redini (Alto), Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute),
Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord), Francesca Chiocci (Viola da gamba),
Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
22.
Madrigali, Book 1: Ed e pur ver ch'io parta by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Santina Tomasello (Soprano), Costanza Redini (Alto), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord),
Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Marcello Vargetto (Bass)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
23.
Madrigali, Book 1: Amor, se pur degg'io by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Gian Luca Lastraioli (Lute), Paolo Fanciullacci (Tenor), Stefano Bozolo (Harpsichord),
Lucia Focardi (Soprano), Lucia Sciannimanico (Alto), Romano Martinuzzi (Bass),
Valerio Vieri (Tenor), Marcello Vargetto (Bass), Santina Tomasello (Soprano),
Costanza Redini (Alto)
Conductor:  Stefano Bozolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Poetica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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