Three Renaissance Recordings: Secular

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Program: #20-10   Air Date: Feb 24, 2020

Italian dances of the 16th century, consort music of Ferrabosco, and French theatrical dances.

I. Per Cantar e Sonar (La Rossignol). III Millennio CD CDC 0136.

Per cantar et sonar: Arie e danze rinascimentali Product Image
 
The musicians of La Rossignol write of their impetus to record this album: "At the and of a concert with music and dances of the Italian Renaissance, given in a large capital city abroad, some illustrious ladies approached us and told us that, after what they had seen and heard, they had felt ''...a great desire to visit Italy to see the places where this music had been conceived, sung, played and danced...'' By itself, this motivation could justify the effort needed to record an album, quite apart from the history, the philology, the study of old instruments and all the rest."           La Rossignol is an ensemble that specializes in Early music and dance. Their performances are exciting and entertaining, and above all true to the performance practices of pre-classical musicmaking.
 

II. Tabarinades: Musique pour le théâtre de Tabarin  (Les Boréades/Francis Colpron). Atma CD ACD2 2658. 

 

The enchanting pieces for recorder and period instruments on the CD “Tabarinades” invite the imagination to picture the town square in seventeenth-century Paris, with crowds passing by and encountering the sport and song of the entertainment troupe. Soon the harangue begins, exhorting the crowd to buy the elixirs and tonics of the charlatans, while they enjoy the jokes and pranks playing on the stage in front of them.

There is much symbolism and rich appeal for the scene created, inviting the listener to the commedia della arte of half a millennium ago. The perky, impish tunes are re-imagined and performed by Les Boreades under the direction of creator Francis Colpron. The derivation of the names Tabarinades and Les Boreades are an enticement to acquire this CD just to learn about the clever naming of the collection and performers.

What was the world like in the century 1550-1650, the time represented by the compositions heard here? Elizabeth I came to power; the Spanish Armada sailed and was defeated; Cervantes and Shakespeare wrote their masterpieces; Magellan, Decartes, and Galileo made the universe more understandable and accessible. Paris was a new city, and the careers of the Tabarin players prospered during this age. Drama began its renewal, and music expanded into the public arena.

Francis Colpron has for a score of years been polishing and performing this very appealing music, and has promulgated it to the world on period instruments. His international teaching, awards, and performances assure his place among world-famous achievers. Even his picture promises a personality full of fun and enjoyment. Twenty-first century Montreal is a time warp away from 17th-century Paris. But Mr. Colpron and Les Boreades have performed and rejuvenated this music in their home city and internationally, winning grants and awards for their work.

These pieces are “street music” and “court music” for fun, satire, and enjoyment; while some are quite lovely, they are not the serious music of Tallis, Schutz, and Frescobaldi. This collection will be a favorite for listening, for education in period music, for learners of period instruments, or even for background during a party.  

> Beaulieu, Labert de : Ballet comique de la reine

>  d'Estrée, Jean : Les Bouffons (The Buffens), branle for 5 parts (Tiers livre de danceries)
>  Praetorious, Michael : Ballet de Grenouille, for ensemble (Terpsichore musarum)
>  Ruffo, Vincenzo : La Piva, capriccio for ensemble (Capricci in musica a 3 voci)
>  Anonymous, French : Bourée d'Avignonez (Philidor's Recüeil de Plusieurs vieux Airs, XXII)
>  Ruffo, Vincenzo : El Travagliato, for recorders
>  Ruffo, Vincenzo : El Trapolato, capriccio for ensemble (Capricci in musica a 3 voci)
>  Planson, Jehan : Amour ne pouvant vivre avec la feintise, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique à parties
>  Lupo, Thomas : Pavane for ensemble
>  Pechon, Andre : Si quis diligit me, motet
>  Dumanoir, Guillaume : Suite for string ensemble in F/C major
>  Dumanoir, Guillaume : Libertas, for ensemble
>  Arcadelt, Jacques : Da bei rami scendea, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/30
>  Anonymous, French : Pavane fait au mariage de Mr. Vandosme (Philidor's Recüeil de Plusieurs vieux Airs, XVI)
>  Praetorious, Michael : Volte (Terpsichore, 229)
>  Crecquillon, Thomas : Onques amor
>  Della Casa, Girolamo : Oncques amours, diminutions for ensemble after Thomas Crecquillon (Il vero modo di diminuir)
>  Guédron, Pierre : Si jamais mon âme blessée
>  Planson, Jehan : Enfin ce cour volant qui tenait à louange, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique à 4 par
>  Planson, Jehan : O beaux yeux qui savez si doucement charmer, chanson setting for ensemble (Airs mis en musique à 4 p
>  Boësset, Antoine : Objét dont les charmes
> Caietain, Fabrice Marin : Vous ne me verrez point par mille inventions, chanson
>  Colpron, Francis : Four branles and two gavottes for ensemble (after Praetorius and Caroubel)
 

III. The Art of Fantasy: Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger (Hathor Consort/Romina Lischka). Ramée CD RAM1806.

THE ART OF FANTASY
 
Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger, viol player at the court of Elizabeth I and Charles I, was the most innovative and influential composer of viol consort music of his generation. Following the steps of his father, composer Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder, he continued the specifically English « In Nomine » tradition for viol consort into the seventeenth century while adding his own special touch in the « In Nomine through all parts » in using the cantus firmus in all voices with various rhythms and transpositions. His greatest achievement was the development of an imitative counterpoint perfectly adapted to the viol. The particular character of Ferrabosco's music was determined by his love for architecture and symmetrical forms which were integrated in all possible ways into his Fantasies: flexible motives, augmentations and diminutions of themes and a clear harmonic structure.
 
Fantasia No.2 à 6 (MB 81/30) [4:23]
Fantasia No.15 à 4 (MB 62/15) [2:00]
Pavan No.2 on Seven Notes à 5 (MB 81/7) [4:48]
Almaine No.10 à 5 (MB 81/24) [2:03]
Galliard for two viols in the first tuning [3:23]
Almain for two lyra viols in the first tuning [2:40]
Fantasia No.9 à 4 (MB 62/9) [3:18]
Fantasia No.13 à 4 (MB 62/13) [3:07]
In Nomine No.1 à 5 (MB 81/3) [3:01]
A Pavin for three viols in the second tuning [4:42]
Almain for one lyra viol [3:54]
Coranto for one lyra viol [1:46]
Fantasia No.4 à 6 (MB 81/32) [3:29]
Ut re mi fa sol la – La sol fa mi re ut à 5 (MB 81/2a & b) [7:38]
Fantasia à 4 (MB 62 App. / VdGS No.24) [2:13]
Fantasia No.6 à 6 (MB 81/34) [3:18]
A Fancie for three viols in the third tuning [2:25]
Fantasia No.11 à 4 (MB 62/11) [2:49]
In Nomine No.3: Through All Parts à 6 (MB 81/28) [4:54]
Prelude for one lyra viol [1:28]
Pavin for one lyra viol [5:12]
Fantasia on the Hexachord à 6 (MB 81/25) [3:47] 
 
 

Composer Info

Marchetto Cara (c.1465-1525), Fabritio Caroso (c.1527-c.1605), Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro (c.1425-80), Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi (c.1554-1609), Claude Gervaise (fl.1540-60), Giorgio Mainerio (c.1535-82), Cesare Negri (c.1536-a.1604), Pierre Phalèse (c.1507-c.1574), Domenico da Piacenza (c.1400-c.1470), Bartolomeo Tromboncino (1470-after 1534), Labert de Beaulieu, Jean d'Estrée, Michael Praetorius, Vincenzo Ruffo, Jehan Planson, Thomas Lupo, Andre Pechon, Guillaume Dumanoir, Jacques Arcadelt, Thomas Crecquillon, Girolamo Della Casa, Pierre Guédron, Antoine Boësset, Fabrice Marin Caietain, Francis Colpron, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger

CD Info

III Millennio CD CDC 0136, Atma CD ACD2 2658, Ramée CD RAM1806