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Greene: Spenser's Amoretti / Hulett, Green, Pinardi

Greene / Hulet / Green / Pinardi
Release Date: 12/18/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572891   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Greene
Performer:  Benjamin HulettGiangiacomo PinardiLuke Green
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The distinguished English composer Maurice Greene was appointed Master of the King’s Music in 1735. He soon composed a series of 25 sonnet settings taken from the collection of 89 Amoretti (‘little loves’) written by Edmund Spenser, one of the greatest poets of the Shakespearean age. These settings show Greene to have been a master of word-painting technique, and a subtle colourist with a sensitive ear for Spenser’s verse. This jewel of a collection is also historically important, as it can be considered one of the earliest song cycles in the history of English music. The distinguished English composer Maurice Greene was appointed Master of the King’s Music in 1735. He soon composed a series of 25 sonnet settings taken from the collection of 89 Amoretti (‘little loves’) written by Edmund Spenser, one of the greatest poets of the Shakespearean age. These settings show Greene to have been a master of word-painting technique, and a subtle colourist with a sensitive ear for Spenser’s verse. This jewel of a collection is also historically important, as it can be considered one of the earliest song cycles in the history of English music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Spenser's Amoretti by Maurice Greene
Performer:  Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Giangiacomo Pinardi (Theorbo), Luke Green (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written:  by 1739; England 

Sound Samples

Spenser's Amoretti: No. 1. After so long a race
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 2. Happy ye leaves
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 3. Faire Eyes
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 4. Ye tradefull merchants
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 5. The rolling wheele
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 6. The merry Cuckow
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 7. How long shall this like dying life endure
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 8. The Laurell leafe
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 9. Like as a ship
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 10. What guile is this
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 11. Arion
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 12. Sweet smile
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 13. Marke when the smiles
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 14. The Love which me so cruelly tormenteth
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 15. Trust not the treason of those smiling lookes
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 16. Fayre cruell
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 17. Faire yee be sure
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 18. Thrise happy she
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 19. After long stormes
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 20. Like as a huntsman
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 21. Fresh Spring
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 22. One day I wrote her name upon the strand
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 23. Lacking my love
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 24. Since I did leave the presence of my love
Spenser's Amoretti: No. 25. Like as the Culver

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