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Landi: Homo fugit velut umbra...
 
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Landi: Homo fugit velut umbra...

L'Arpeggiata / Christina Pluhar
11 May 2009 | Format: MP3

£6.39 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 11 May 2009
  • Label: Alpha
  • Copyright: 2002 Alpha
  • Total Length: 54:48
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0029OXMMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,298 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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"Ut pictura musica", says the cover, "music is like painting", and indeed few recordings of seventeenth century music are as vivid and colourful as this one. Stefano Landi (c.1586-1639) was a composer at the court of the Pope in Rome and this collection contains fourteen of his short vocal and instrumental pieces. Some music lovers might be familiar with his rather introspective opera "Il Sant'Alessio" and a few movements from that work appear on this disc. But what's striking about the pieces here is their incredible rhythmic and melodic verve, making the music sound like a cross between Latin American folk music and Monteverdi. This is particularly true of the opening track, an anonymous tarantella (the only track not by Landi) whose infectious energy seems to belie the fact that the words are about the inescapibilty of human mortality until you realize it is a dance of death. Other pieces are no less evocative: 'Augellin' depicts a bird soaring in the sky with its upward sweeping melody and spacious accompaniment; 'Canta la cicaleta' is a delicate and charming portrait of a little cicada singing as it dies. Other pieces sound more like Monteverdi in the aristocratic elegance of their melodic lines, 'A che piu l'arco tendere' for instance. 'Quando Rinaldo' is almost a four-minute opera on the favourite Baroque theme of Tasso's Armida and Rinaldo. Other pieces are more madrigalesque while many have catchy rhythms that suggest twentieth century pop music more than anything else: the 'walking bassline' in the final track, 'Amarilli, deh! vieni' looks forward to blues or even funk. The music is given excellent advocacy by L'Arpeggiata.Read more ›
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I heard one track of this CD on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction and felt I had to have it. I was not disappointed. The songs are beautifully simple in presentation and yet complex in melody, and almost hypnotic. Try Augelin for example and see if it is not still in your mind hours later!
A lot of early music is dismissed by non-addicts as "churchy", but this certainly is not, even though Landi was a musician to Maffeo Barberini, who was Pope. These are love songs in the main, sung to the accompaniment of Baroque Harp, Guitar and Theorbo. Recorded live in a chapel where the accoustics are all that could be desired, the CD could not be improved on!
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Having other L'Arpeggiata recordings, I decided to play the samples for this album. I didn't have to go beyond the second track (Augelin) to know it was for me. The whole set is beautifully recorded, and result is almost hypnotic.
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This is an extraordinarily pleasant album, full of great singing and playing. The recording is particularly good, providing a powerfully "realistic" atmosphere, giving the listener the sense almost of being there. Highly recommended.
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