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Canzoni e Danze / Piffaro

Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 000993202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joan Ambrosio DalzaHeinrich IsaacFrancesco BendusiGiorgio Mainerio,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For a disc featuring bagpipes, shawns, recorders, flutes, crumhorns, and sackbutts plus lutes, citterns, guitars, and assorted untamed percussion instruments, it's not as raucous as you might at first imagine. That's not to say that the seven players of Philadelphia's Piffaro early instrument ensemble don't kick up a ruckus on this 1995 disc called Canzoni e Danze – Wind Music from Renaissance Italy. On tracks like the opening Piza and the later La Parma, Piffaro's attack is mighty and its rhythms are strong. Yet on the string-driven Pass'e mezzo ditto il Romano and the flute- and recorder-dominated Aldì, dolce ben mio show a more dulcet and lovely side of the ensemble. And the closing suite begun with the drum-led march La morte de Read more la ragione shows the group can build a dramatic sequence to a rousing climax as well as the best late Romantic. There's never any question of the player's abilities. Even on the most notoriously recalcitrant Renaissance instruments, Piffaro performs with virtuoso ease and brilliance both individually and as an ensemble. Anyone looking for a rambunctious good time in a Renaissance sort of way who doesn't already know this disc from its first release will surely enjoy it in this 2007 reissue.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

Piva by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Palle, palle by Heinrich Isaac
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Pass'e mezzo ditto il romano, Pass'mezzo ditto il compasso by Francesco Bendusi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Written: pub 1553 
Il primo libro di balli a quattro voci: no 17, La Parma by Giorgio Mainerio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1578; Italy 
Regem archangelorum by Costanzo Festa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Al dì, dolce ben mio by Fillippo Azzaiolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1557; Italy 
Donna, quando pietosa by Jacques Arcadelt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1539 
Il primo libro di balli a quattro voci: no 6, Putta nera "Ballo furlano" by Giorgio Mainerio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1578; Italy 
All'arm', all'arm' by Ludovico Agostini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1574; Italy 
Canzona "Istrina" by Aurelio Bonelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
La morte de la ragione by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Notes: This selection is a medley which incorporates the Anonymous works "La Traditora", "Bel fiore", “La rocha el fuso”, “El desperato” and “La Lavandara”. 

Sound Samples

Palle, palle / Ne più bella di queste / La mi la sol
Pass'e mezo ditto il Romano / Moschetta / Bandera
La Parma / Un sonar de piva in fachinesco (Lirum bililirum)
Regem archangelorum / Alma, che scarca dal corporeo velo
Aldì, dolce ben mio / Bona via faccia barca (Venetiana) / Gentil madonna, del mio cor padrona
Donna, quando pietosa / El travagliato / La gamba in basso e soprano / Amor è foco e ghiaccio
Putta nera ballo furlano
All'arm', all'arm' / Com'al primo apparir / Sonata "La facca"
Canzona "Istrina" / Sonata "La fontana" / Canzona "Licori"
La morte de la ragione - La traditora / Bel fiore / La rocha el fuso - El desperato - La lavandara

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Not Grunge April 24, 2014 By Damian B. (Queanbeyan, New South Wales) See All My Reviews "This music is not raucus. It is probably not rambunctous. It is definately not grunge, renaissance or any other type. Yet these adjectives are all over the sleeve instead of program notes. The picture on the front is okay though. For raucous, Archiv has released better anthologies than this, like Terpischore by Ulsamer Collegium, and I've heard La Doulce Memoire play renaissance instrumentals with a lot more abandon. Piffaro don't use percussion until well into the disc, and double-reed instruments will sound forward, bold, but not raucus. Instead, Canzoni e Danze stays in the regions between jolly and nice. Most of this review is about the rubbish written on the sleeve, but the disc itself I like. It took a while to get onto its level, and a other listeners will like it better by disregarding the promotional blurb." Report Abuse
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