Giaches de Wert: The Madrigals

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Program: #09-20, Air Date: 05/11/09

Born probably in Weert near Antwerp, Giaches not only went to Italy but was a master in the evolution of the late 16th century madrigal form.

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Giaches de Wert (1535-1596) : The Madrigals

I. Giaches de Wert: Madrigali a cinque voci (Cantus Cölln/Konrad Junghänel). Harmonia Mundi CD HMC 901621.

--Book III Madrigals (1561): Novo amor, nove fiamme ("A new love, new fires, and a new law")
--Book XIV (1589): Dica chi vuol ("Let him say what he will")
--Book XIV: Voglia mi vien ("Desire seizes me to restore my heart")
--Book IX (1588): Vaga augeletto ("Pretty little bird singing"--Petrarch)
--Book IX: L'anima mia ferita ("My wounded soul pours out through my eyes")
--Book IX: O, come vaneggiate, Donna ("O, how vainly you deceive yourself, my lady")
--Book VII (1581): Misera, che farò ("Unhappy wretch, what shall I do?")
--Book VII: Solo e pensoso ("Alone and thoughtful through most deserted fields"--Petrarch)

 

II. Giaches de Wert: Musica Religiosa (Currende/Concerto Palatino/Eric Van Nevel) Accent CD ACC 9291.

 

-Motectorum Quinque Vocum, Liber Primus (1566): Adesto dolori meo ("I am consumed with my grief, o God, I am too much tormented...My harp has fallen into mourning")

-Modulationem cum sex vocibus, Liber Primus (1581): Peccavi super numerum ("I have sinned more than there are waves in the sea")

 

III. Giaches de Wert: Il Settimo Libro de Madrigali, 1581 (The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley) Virgin Veritas CD VC 7 90763-2.

 

--Giunto all tomba ("Reaching the tomb that heaven had ordained"--Tasso)
--Voi volete ch'io muoia ("You wish that I were dead"--Guarini)
--Grazie ch'a pochi il ciel ("Graces that heaven grants but to a few"--Petrarch)
--Tirsi morir volea ("Thyrsis wished to die, gazing at the eyes of his beloved"--Guarini)
--In qual parte sì ratto ("Where are his swift pinions bearing mighty Jove's victorious eagle?")

Composer Info

Giaches de Wert (1535-1596)

CD Info

Harmonia Mundi CD HMC 901621, Accent CD ACC 9291, Virgin Veritas CD VC 7 90763-2