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MARENZIO, L.: Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1 (La Compagnia del Madrigale)

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release date: October 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


La Compagnia del Madrigale


Paolo Borgonovo


Compagnia del Madrigale, La



Chiesa della BV al Colletto, Roletto, Italy


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Vocal & Song


Total Time - 67:29
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MARENZIO, L.: Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1 (La Compagnia del Madrigale)

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Madrigals for 5 voices, Book 1

1 Liquide perle Amor da gli occhi sparse 01:55
2 Ohime, dov’e 'l mio ben, dov’e 'l mio core 03:00
3 Spuntavan gia per far il mondo adorno 04:09
4 Quando i vostri begl'occhi un caro velo 02:33
5 Tirsi morir volea 06:29
6 Dolorosi martir, fieri tormenti 04:48
7 Che fa hoggi il mio sole 01:43
8 Lasso ch'io ardo e 'l mio bel sole ardente 02:37
9 Venuta era Madonna al mio languire 05:02
10 Madonna mia gentil ringratio Amore 02:05
11 Cantava la piu vaga pastorella 02:37
12 Questa di verd’herbette 02:10
13 Partiro dunque, ohime mi manca il core 02:50
14 O tu che fra le selve occulta vivi 04:29
 Paolo Borgonovo Soloist

In quel ben nato


Sestina Mentre ti fui si grato

16 Mentre ti fui si grato (G.M. Nanino) 01:54
17 Mentre ti fui si cara (G.B. Moscaglia) 01:54
18 Hor pien d'altro desio (L. Marenzio) 02:36
19 Or un laccio, un ardore (G. de Macque) 02:45
20 Lasso dunque, che fia (F. Soriano) 02:07
21 Benche seza mentire (A. Zoilo) 02:27

Donna bella e crudele, se sdegn' havete

 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.


 "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

                        **** (Excellent Album)       *** (Good Sound)

Guillaume Bunei - Classica magazine - October 2013

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