Coro della Radio Svizzera, Part 3–Semini and Balsamino

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Program: #07-25   Air Date: Jun 11, 2007

We have heard the chorus in the past in works by Senfl and Carissimi--this week, far more obscure seicento composers.

NOTE: The Coro della Radio Svizzera (the Swiss Radio Choir) comes from Lugano, a city located in the canton of Ticino (in the south of Switzerland). The official language of that canton is Italian (a canton is comparable to a state in the U.S.). Italian is one of the four national languages of Switzerland, along with German, French and Romansh.

The Coro was founded in 1936 by Edwin Lohrer and over the years has won worldwide reputation, particularly through its radio and disc recordings of the Italian repertoire from the 16th through the 18th centuries. The choir appears in formations from madrigal ensembles to over 60 singers from many nations. Diego Fasolis had directed the Coro since 1963. Swiss Radio (particularly Rete Due) is the broadcast home of the ensemble. More information may be found at:

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Simone Balsamino & Claudio Monteverdi--Novelette e Madrigali on texts by Torquato Tasso.
(Ensemble Vanitas/Coro della Radio Svizzera/Diego Fasolis). Dynamic CD CDS 384.

SIMONE BALSAMINO (fl. 1591-96): Dialogo Tirsi Aminta (Act II, scene iii of Tasso's Aminta, in which
Tirsi comforts and advises Aminta, urging him to carry out the daring plan by which he will meet Silvia).

BALSAMINO: Madrigali a sei voce: Canto e piango; Locar sopra gli abissi; Non piu guerra.
Monologo di Satiro: Piccolo e l'ape.

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI: Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Canto XII, Octaves 52-68 from Tasso's
Gerusalemme liberata).

Composer Info


CD Info

Dynamic CD CDS 384,

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