Il Trionfo di Dori

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Program: #15-38   Air Date: Sep 14, 2015

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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Il Trionfo di Dori
From Caroline Gill in Gramophone Magazine: It has traditionally been something of a rarity for The King’s Singers to produce either a single-composer disc or a compilation of exclusively early repertoire, but Richafort’s Requiem (7/13) and ‘The Triumphs of Oriana’ have shown an increase in the frequency with which they choose to address these particular projects. ‘Il trionfo di Dori’ is another such welcome addition: a complete account of the 29-madrigal collection commissioned in 1592 by the Venetian nobleman Leonardo Sanudo, including works by such compositional luminaries as Vecchi, Gabrieli and Marenzio, as well as some composers rendered less lustrous by time.

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. 

  1. Un giorno a Pale sacro--Ippolito Baccusi 
  2. Dove sorge piacevole--Ippolito Sabino 
  3. Hor ch'ogni vento tace--Orazio Vecchi 
  4. Se cantano gl’augelli--Giovanni Gabrieli 
  5. Ninfe e danzar venite--Alfonso Preti 
  6. Leggiadre ninfe a pastorelli amanti--Luca Marenzio 
  7. Vaghe ninfe selvage--Giovanni de Macque 
  8. All'apparir di Dori anzi del sole--Oratio Colombani 
  9. Giunta qui Dori, e pastorelli amanti--Giovanni Cavaccio 
  10. Nel tempo che ritorna--Annibale Stabile 
  11. All'ombra d'un bel faggio--Paolo Bozzi 
  12. Sù le fiorite sponde--Tiburtio Massaino 
  13. In una verde piaggia--Giammateo Asola 
  14. Smeraldi eran le rive il fium’argento--Giulio Eremita 
  15. Lungo le chiare linfe--Philippe de Monte 
  16. Ove tra l'herbe e fiori--Giovanni Croce 
  17. Quando lieta vezzosa--Pietro Andrea Bonini
  18. Eran ninfe e pastori--Alessandro Striggio 
  19. Più trasparente velo--Giovanni Florio
  20. Di pastorali accenti--Leone Leoni
  21. Sotto l'ombroso speco--Felice Anerio
  22. L'inargentato lido--Gasparo Zerto
  23. Quand'apparisti o vag'o amata Dori--Ruggiero Giovanelli 
  24. Mentr'à quest’ombr’intorno--Gasparo Costa
  25. Dori à quest'ombre e l’aura--Lelio Bertani 
  26. Mentre pastori e ninfe--Ludovico Balbi 
  27. Al mormorar de liquidi cristalli--Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi 
  28. Da lo spuntar de matutini albori--Costanzo Porta
  29. Quando dal terzo cielo--Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina


Composer Info

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.

CD Info