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Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1
Liquide perle Amor da gli occhi sparse
Ohime, dov’e 'l mio ben, dov’e 'l mio core
Spuntavan gia per far il mondo adorno
Quando i vostri begl'occhi un caro velo
Tirsi morir volea
Dolorosi martir, fieri tormenti
Che fa hoggi il mio sole
Lasso ch'io ardo e 'l mio bel sole ardente
Venuta era Madonna al mio languire
Madonna mia gentil ringratio Amore
Cantava la piu vaga pastorella
Questa di verd’herbette
Partiro dunque, ohime mi manca il core
O tu che fra le selve occulta vivi
Solo: Paolo Borgonovo Soloist
In quel ben nato
Sestina Mentre ti fui si grato
Mentre ti fui si grato (G.M. Nanino)
Mentre ti fui si cara (G.B. Moscaglia)
Hor pien d'altro desio (L. Marenzio)
Or un laccio, un ardore (G. de Macque)
Lasso dunque, che fia (F. Soriano)
Benche seza mentire (A. Zoilo)
Donna bella e crudele, se sdegn' havete
Solo: La Compagnia del Madrigale Ensemble
Further evidence of rich and pictorial artistry in the interpretation of Italian madrigals comes from La Compagnia del Madrigale as they now bring all their experience to bear on the early five-part works of Luca Marenzio. The ensemble’s new Glossa recording is set within a reflection of the dolce vita in Rome in the 1580s and 1590s, and music and text in Marenzio’s Primo Libro di Madrigali a cinque voci powerfully evoke this age of gold in the arts and sciences, and sumptuous patronage from cardinals and princes.
Marenzio’s Primo Libro (a huge success when published) adds another jewel to Glossa’s madrigalian crown – as well as the Gesualdo Book Six from the same group, there is much Monteverdi, of course, and the Marenzio Books Six and Nine and Gesualdo Books Four and Five, all recorded by La Venexiana (which shares many of the same singers as La Compagnia del Madrigale). In addition to the madrigals from the Primo Libro the new recording contains the rarely-performed Sestina Mentre ti fui sì grato, co-written by six members of the Renaissance collective known as the ‘Musici di Roma’ (Nanino, Moscaglia, de Macque, Soriano, Zoilo, and Marenzio himself).
Once again, the recording benefits from an entertaining essay courtesy of Marco Bizzarini, which vividly sets the scene for the musical life of Luca Marenzio in the Eternal City.
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"These very fine interpretations may be best described as ones where the vocal sound eclipses both the text and the music. The expert and seasoned singers of La Compagnia Del Madrigale blend so well together (perfectly attuned to each other in sound as well as style) that they create an interpretive aesthetic that enriches the music by taking it over
Catherine Moore - American Record Guide - March/April 2014
Performance **** Recording *****
this is a handsome tribute to Marenzio’s emerging talent and one in which the stock entreaties of love-sick nymphs and shepherds sound acutely sincere.
Anna Picard - BBC Music magazine - January 2013
Gramophone - Vocal Choice
Hopefully these spectacularly gorgeous inaugural albums for Glossa will be followed by more explorations of this engrossing quality.
David Vickers - Gramohone magazine - October 2013
Chandos Records is one of the world's premier classical music record companies, best known for its ground breaking search for neglected musical gems. The company has pioneered the idea of the 'series' and proudly includes series of such composers as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Parry, Walton, Grainger, Berkeley and Bridge. Renowned for its superb sound quality, Chandos has won many prestigious awards for its natural sound.