Symbols & allegories in Italian Renaissance music. Masterworks from the musical centers of Venice, Naples and Rome.
This album, rewarded with the seal “Luister 10” by the prestigious Dutch magazine Luister, is a journey through the many characters inherent in the ensemble music of late 16th and early 17th century Italy. The title refers to three recurrent allegories found not only in music but also in literature and the visual arts. Angels are both messengers and archetypical symbols of the divine and supernatural. Their voices shine through in the motets by Corfini, Agostini, Trombetti and Rossi. Arcadian shepherds represent the ideals of beauty and harmony, translated into music in the elegant dances by Alberti, Molinaro and Rossi and in the well-balanced instrumental music by Cavazzoni, Guami and Andrea Gabrieli. Finally, the appearance of gypsies and other ‘marginal’ figures in the visual arts provided a perfect medium to challenge the traditional artistic laws. Music was no different, as evidenced in a few extravagant compositions by Ruffo, Frescobaldi and Trabaci.
Lindoro NL-3018, 2013
Music by Tarquinio Merula, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Andrea Gabrieli, Ascanio Trombetti, Salomone Rossi, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Jacopo Corfini and others
Arrangements and artistic direction: Paul Leenhouts
Video of Ascanio Trombetti: Diligam te Domine
When all recorder players play together it almost sounds like an organ, but then with the expression of a woodwind ensemble. A fantastic CD.
Marcel Bijlo, Tijdschrift Oude Muziek, August 2013
Price: € 19,95
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