Program: #15-38, Air Date: 09/14/15
This 1592 Venetian publication gave us 29 madrigals by 29 different composers; it is reconstructed for us by the King’s Singers.
NOTE: All of the music on this program comes from the recording Il Trionfo di Dori featuring the King’s Singers. The recording is on the Signum label and is CD SIGCD414.
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The customary perfection of their tuning and ensemble are emblematic of performances that can be filed as ‘definitive’ in a repertory where the artistry of the music is so much held hostage to the tuning of its performance. However, in this music – the crystalline polyphony of the Renaissance – the question of interpretation is more complex and less of an unassailable absolute than tuning and blend. Inasmuch as a generalist close-harmony group can perhaps not be expected to release a disc that could be as specialist as one of, say, La Compagnia del Madrigali (who display, for instance, brighter, more aggressive vowel sounds that are perhaps more idiomatically Italian), this is music given much assistance by the performance of a group properly habituated to each other. The King’s Singers bring a sense of perfect social grace and urbanity to this music – the most refined example of its art of the period, lacing together the lines of the repertoire in a way that gives it elegant authority, as much in the musical vines of Marenzio’s ‘Leggiadre ninfe’ as the intricate ‘Quando dal terzo cielo’, Palestrina’s single (but complex) appearance on this disc. It is hard to imagine a group with greater potential to do justice to this music of love and mythology than they.
Oratio Colombani, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Gasparo Zerto, Costanzo Porta, Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi, Ludovico Balbi, Lelio Bertani, Gasparo Costa, Ruggiero Giovanelli, Leone Leoni, Felice Anerio, Giovanni Florio, Annibale Stabile, Alessandro Striggio, Pietro Andrea Bonini, Giovanni Croce, Philippe de Monte, Giulio Eremita, Giammateo Asola, Tiburtio Massaino, Paolo Bozzi, Giovanni Cavaccio, Colombani Giovanni de Macque, Ippolito Baccusi, Luca Marenzio, Ippolito Sabino, Alfonso Preti, Giovanni Gabrieli, Orazio Vecchi.