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Italian Lute Songs

Derek Lee Ragin, Peter Croton

Philippe Verdelot, Anonymous, Cosimo Bottegari, Laurencini di Roma, Sigismondo D'India, Alessandro Piccinini, Girolamo Frescobaldi

SKU: 4092

Year of release: 1992

1. Madonna, il tuo bel viso Philippe Verdelot 02:50
2. Con l'angelico riso Philippe Verdelot 01:08
3. Se mai provasti, donna, qual sia Amore Philippe Verdelot 01:06
4. Ricercar Anonymous 01:21
5. Donna, che sete tra belle bella Philippe Verdelot 01:27
6. Ben che'l misero cor Anonymous 01:48
7. Fuggi, fuggi, cor mio Anonymous 01:08
8. Ricercar Anonymous 02:49
9. Ricercar Cosimo Bottegari 01:16
10. Ricercar Cosimo Bottegari 03:12
11. Zefiro torno Cosimo Bottegari 01:13
12. Poichè l mio largo pianto Cosimo Bottegari 01:29
13. Chi mi sente cantar Cosimo Bottegari 01:29
14. Qual fattura Cosimo Bottegari 01:32
15. Il Medesimo Cosimo Bottegari 02:05
16. Mentre donna real nobil e bella Cosimo Bottegari 01:31
17. Praeludium Laurencini di Roma 01:42
18. Courante Laurencini di Roma 01:45
19. Cruda Amarilli Sigismondo D'India 02:16
20. Io son nel duol si vinto Sigismondo D'India 02:14
21. Cara mia cetra Sigismondo D'India 01:45
22. Internite voi, lagrime mie Sigismondo D'India 02:24
23. Toccata XXIV Alessandro Piccinini 01:35
24. A miei pianti Girolamo Frescobaldi 02:20
25. Arie di Romenesca Girolamo Frescobaldi 02:46
26. Se l' aura spira Girolamo Frescobaldi 01:07
27. O mio cor Girolamo Frescobaldi 02:30
28. Cosi me desprezzate? Girolamo Frescobaldi 03:01
Total time: 53:02

About this album

Lute songs and musical practice: the madrigal and monody The song for lute and vocalist was enormously popular in the sixteenth century. They were initially arranged from multi-voiced compositions with the singer performing the highest voice. The lutanist tried to reproduce all the other voices (as far as this was possible), adding ornamentation according to his own taste in order to give more body to the sound of the instrument. This practice was so successful that even well-known composers made arrangements. In 1536 for exam-ple, Adrian Willaert arranged twenty-two madrigals by Philippe Verdelot for lute and voice. In 1530 the term “madrigal” was first used for a composition by Verdelot. Within a short time this new musical genre spread throughout Italian territories. The madrigal was developed in reaction to other types of multi-voiced songs like the frottola. Its most significant innovations were the use of serious texts that were chosen, its free form and polyphonic texture. There is a strong tendency in Verdelot’s madrigals towards vertical harmonic structures, but they may also have an imitative character. The texture of most madrigals lies somewhere between these two extremes, a mixed form described by musicologist Alfred Einstein as “polyphonically animated homophony”. Although most composers at the time preferred the texts of Petrarch, Verdelot made grateful use of the works of his contemporaries, for example Martelli: “Donna che sette tra belle bella” and “Con l’Angelico riso”….

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(...) Derek Lee Ragins tone is pleasantly sweet or more darkly riche., and his admirably steady range combine with a nicely underplayed sense of emotional expression. Mr. Croton is best heard here in the role of accompanist.

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(...) genau jene Innigkeit und Expressivitt, die sogar eine Spur bezaubernder Affektierheit des Sngers vertragen. (...)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerBert van der Wolf
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateJune 1991
Recording LocationResnswoude - The Netherlands
EditingBert van der Wolf
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl