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Willaert: Chansons; Madrigali; Villanel / Malfeyt, Romanesque

Willaert / Romanesque / Malfeyt
Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 331   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Adrian WillaertPierre AttaingnantGiovanni Antonio TerziAntonio De Cabezón,   ... 
Performer:  Philippe MalfeytHannelore DevaereBart CoenSophie Watillon,   ... 
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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ADRIAN WILLAERT: CHANSONS, MADRIGALI, VILLANELLE Philippe Malfeyt (lt, perc, cond); Romanesque RICERCAR 331 (65:30 Text and Translation)


Selections by WILLAERT, ATTAINGNANT, TERZI, VALENTE, CABEZON, BASSANO, BONIZZI, AABONDANTE, PISADOR


This is a rerelease of an album that first appeared in 1996. It was reviewed at the time ( Fanfare 20:2) by J. F. Weber, who wrote that it Read more filled “a longstanding need. Let’s have a discful of his sacred music next.” We’ve had a few sacred discs since then, notably Willaert’s Vespro della beata Vergine with Capilla Flamenca (Ricercar 325), and his Missa Menta tota , plus motets, with Cinquecento (Hyperion 67749). Still, Willaert left roughly 150 motets, more than 70 madrigals, over 60 chansons, dozens of hymns, and eight surviving Masses. Very little of that output is available on record, and it’s all the more to be regretted when one takes into account the influence of his works and his teaching (both Cipriano de Rore and Andrea Gabrieli were among his students), and the international praise heaped upon his music by his knowledgeable, music-loving contemporaries.


So here we are again, with this rerelease of Willaert’s secular side. We have examples of his madrigals, considered among the first to interpret Petrarch in an ever-shifting, expressive weave. His chansons, first written during his Paris years when he studied with Jean Mouton, resumed in Italy after Ercole II d’Este’s marriage to Renée de France. Light-hearted Neapolitan villanelles occupy a comparatively small part of his oeuvre, though they illustrate how well he could manage the idiom.


Romanesque does not currently maintain a website, though several devoted to its leader, lutenist Philippe Malfeyt, mention the ensemble in the future tense. Perhaps it’s one of those groups that meet from time to time, or were never officially disbanded with the thought that they might someday get together once more. They’ve put out three discs in all. On this one, they include seven performers. Two provide viols, and a third, viol or cittern. Malfeyt, the lutenist, also supplies the rare instance of percussion, a fifth is a harpist, and a sixth performs on recorder. The seventh is soprano Kathelijne van Laethem, who takes the lead in much of this music, and who has a slender but attractive voice, well produced throughout its range, though the tone loses its shine and the breath support diminishes in the lower register. Her enunciation and phrasing are excellent, with added distinction from touches of musical characterization. Quante volte diss’io is taken seriously, and subtly; the far more famous Vecchie letrose, non valete niente is coarse, vindictive, and hilarious.


Romanesque treats all parts save one of Willaert’s madrigals as instrumentals: one of several standard performance practices at the time, though not as common today. Their performances are uniformly fine. The sound is suitably dry and clear, usually with good balance between all voices, singing and otherwise.


Weber asked for a disc of his sacred music. Is it too ambitious to ask for double the number of secular and sacred albums by the next time this album reappears? That frankly wouldn’t require much effort at all, given the state of Willaert in the music catalog. In the meantime, we have this, and it’s certainly worth the purchase.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Zoi zentil che per secreta via by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; Italy 
2.
Vecchie letrose by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Ricercar no 10 by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1547; Italy 
4.
Qual dolcezza by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
5.
Occhio non fu giamai che lachrimasse by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; Italy 
6.
Jouissance vous donneray by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7.
Dessus le marché d'Arras by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1528; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Cingari siamo by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; Italy 
9.
A quando, a quando haveva by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1542; Italy 
10.
A la fontaine du pres Margot by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Circa 1528; Italy 
11.
Qual dolcezza by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Zoi zentil che per secreta via by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13.
Dessus le marché d'Arras by Pierre Attaingnant
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
14.
Allons, allons gay, chanson for 3 voices by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
15.
Canzon Allez mi faut di Adriano, for lute & harp by Giovanni Antonio Terzi
Performer:  Philippe Malfeyt (Lute), Hannelore Devaere (Harp)
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
16.
Quante volte diss'io, madrigal for 4 voices (Madrigali) by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
17.
Qui la dira la peine de mon coeur, chanson for 5 voices by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
18.
Qui la dira la peine de mon coeur, chanson for 3 voices by Adrian Willaert
Performer:  Hannelore Devaere (Harp), Philippe Malfeyt (Lute)
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
19.
Tiento sobre "Qui la dira" by Antonio De Cabezón
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
20.
E se per gelosia, canzona for 2 voices by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
21.
Un giorno mi pregò una vedovella, canzona for 4 voices by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
22.
A la fontana, for 3 parts by Giovanni Bassano
Performer:  Bart Coen (Recorder), Philippe Malfeyt (Chitarrone), Hannelore Devaere (Harp)
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
23.
Cingari siamo by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
24.
O quando a quando havea, chanson (after Willaert) by Giulio Aabondante
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
25.
Jouissance (after Willaert) by Vincenzo Bonizzi
Performer:  Philippe Malfeyt (Chitarrone), Sophie Watillon (Viola Bastarda)
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
26.
Arousez vo Violette, chanson for 6 voices (attributed to Willaert and to Gombert) by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
27.
O bene mio fa famme uno favore, villancico for 4 voices by Diego Pisador
Performer:  Philippe Malfeyt (Lute), Katelijne [Soprano Vocal] Van Laethem ()
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
28.
Ricercares (4) for 3 instruments ("Re, Mi, Fa, Sol") by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
29.
Occhio non fu giamai che lachrimasse by Adrian Willaert
Performer:  Hannelore Devaere (Harp), Katelijne [Soprano Vocal] Van Laethem ()
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
30.
Sempre mi ride sta donna da bene, canzona for 4 voices by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Philippe Malfeyt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesque
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Église Saint-Apollinaire à Bolland 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Qual dolcezza giamai
Zoia zentil che per secreta via
Dessus le marche d'Arras
Dessus le marche d'Arras
Allons, allons gay
Allez mi faut di Adriano
Quante volte diss'io
Vecchie letrose non valete niente
Qui la dira la peine de mon coeur
Tiento IV: Qui la dira
Chi la dira disminuita
E se per gelosia
Un giorno me prego una vedovella
A la fontana
Cingari simo venit'a giocare
A quand'a quand'haveva una vicina: A quand' a quand' havea
Jouissance vous donneray a 5
Joyssance
Arousez vo Violette
O bene mio fam'uno favore
Ricercar X
Occhio non fu giamai
Sempre mi ride sta donna da bene

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