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Luzzaschi - Concerto Delle Dame / Cavina, La Venexiana

Luzzaschi / Mameli / Galli / Venexiana / Cavina
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 920919  
Composer:  Luzzasco LuzzaschiLudovico AgostiniPaolo Virchi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Number of Discs: 1 
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LUZZASCHI Concerto delle Dame Claudio Cavina, dir; La Venexiana GLOSSA GCD 920919 (51:42 Text and Translation)


& AGOSTINI Donna mentre vi miro. VIRCHI Segu’a rinascer l’aura


The dozen songs that form the heart of this program have been well known on records. They first appeared as a set on Read more Italia ITL 70050; then they were sung by a trio of sopranos accompanied by Sergio Vartolo on Harmonia Mundi ( Fanfare 9:1; CD in 9:2 and 11:1). Another set with some extra pieces came from Musica Secreta on Amon Ra. Then Consort of Musicke titled a disc like this one but included only five of the songs, while Doulce Mémoire used the same phrase while omitting three of the songs. This time Claudio Cavina arranges all the songs in the same order as the Vartolo disc, inserting three instrumental fillers along the way and ending with two contemporary songs. It may be noted that a few of the songs have also been sung in miscellaneous disc programs.


Luzzasco Luzzaschi (c.1545–1607) worked at the court of Ferrara until the last duke died in 1597. He had written these madrigals not long after 1579 when the duke married the sister of the duke of Mantua. She brought with her three talented ladies who sang and played. The ladies performed nightly for the ducal family and their closest friends, so the repertoire such as these madrigals remained secret while the reputation of the ensemble spread throughout Italy. It was only after the duke’s death that this secret repertoire received a wider audience through its publication in Rome in 1601. It is possible that the two other composers on this disc also wrote songs for the ladies, for the 1601 publication is no longer thought to be the complete repertoire of the ladies. That seemed unlikely in any case.


Claudio Cavina, who has always done repertoire of this type so well, uses three sopranos and four players from his ensemble with superb results. The sound is more varied than Vartolo’s harpsichord, excellent as that disc was. The two postscripts are rarities; I have only a single example of Ludovico Agostini in my collection and nothing of Paolo Virchi, but they fit neatly on the program. This is especially attractive if you don’t have Vartolo’s old disc.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1. Troppo ben può by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
2. Toccata del quarto tono by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Ferrara, Italy 
3. T'amo mia vita by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
4. Stral pungente d'amore by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; Ferrara, Italy 
5. Ricercare del primo tuono a 4 for Organ by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Ferrara, Italy 
6. Occhi del pianto mio by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
7. O primavera by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; Ferrara, Italy 
8. O dolcezze amarissime d'amore by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
9. Non sa che sia dolore by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
10. I'mi son giovinetta by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
11. Deh vieni ormai cor mio by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; Ferrara, Italy 
12. Cor mio, deh non languire by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; Ferrara, Italy 
13. Ch'io non t'ami cor mio by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; Ferrara, Italy 
14. Aura soave by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; Ferrara, Italy 
15. Canzon francese by Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
16. Donna mentre vi miro by Ludovico Agostini
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
Period: Renaissance 
17. Segu’a rinascer l’aura by Paolo Virchi
Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana

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