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One of the leading vocal consorts in the UK, Alamire has an enviable line-up of some of the finest consort singers under the charismatic directorship of David Skinner. Inspired by the great choral works of the medieval and early modern periods, the ensemble expands or contracts according to its chosen repertoire and often combines with instrumentalists, creating colourful programmes to ... Read more in Amazon's Alamire Store

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  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Composer: Philippe Verdelot
  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Obsidian
  • ASIN: B000Z6Y4DI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Italia mia benche 'l parlar sia indarnoAlamire 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Con l'angelico risoClare Wilkinson 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Quanto sia lieto il giornoAlamire 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lasso che se credutoLynda sayce 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. O dolce notteAlamire 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Madonna qual certezzaClare Wilkinson 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Afflicti spirti meiAlamire 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dentr'al mio corLynda sayce 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Quando nascesti Amore?Alamire 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Piove dagli occhi della donna miaClare Wilkinson 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pur troppo donn'in van tant'ho speratoAlamire 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I vostri acuti dardiLynda sayce 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chi non fa prova AmoreAlamire 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lieta e madonna et io pur come soglioLynda sayce 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Con lacrim'et sospirAlamire 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Donna se fera stellaAlamire 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Ognun si duol d'amoreLynda sayce 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Altro non e 'l mio amor che 'l proprio infernoAlamire 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Madonna io v'amo et taccioAlamire 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Si suave e l'inghannoAlamire 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Se ben li occhi mia infermiLynda sayce 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Cortese alma gentileAlamire 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Quanta dolceca AmoreChristopher Watson 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Donna che sete fra le donne belleAlamire 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. La bella donna a cui donast' il coreAlamire 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Deh quanto e dolc'amorLynda sayce 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Donna leggiadra et bellaClare Wilkinson 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Madonna per voi ardoClare Wilkinson 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Amor io sento l'almaLynda sayce 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Ultimi miei sospiriAlamire 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Philippe Verdelot was the most important composer of Italian madrigals in the early 16th century and recognized as the the greatest innovator of the genre. A Frenchman, he occupied several important musical posts in Italy, including the Florentine posts of maestro di cappella at the Baptistry of S. Maria del Fiore and the great Duomo itself. In the mid 1520s, during his time in Florence, a set of part-books were assembled, probably under Verdelot's supervision, for the court of Henry VIII. Most, if not all, of the works were composed by Verdelot. This the first recording of the complete madrigals in the collection, which stands not only as the most exceptional of diplomatic musical gifts but is also an important source for the history of the early madrigal.

Two further Obsidian albums are available through Amazon.co.uk, they are;

Thomas Tomkins: These Distracted Times (ASIN B000Y11M48)

Josquin Desprez: Missa D ung aultre amer Motets and Chansons (ASIN B000Y11M3Y).

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Founded by David Skinner in 2005, Alamire is made up of some of the finest consort singers in the UK and exist in order to explore and promote the compositional processes behind the great masterworks, and lesser-known works, of the late medieval and early modern periods. Other recordings on the Obsidian label include the Missa D ung aultre amer, motets and chansons by Josquin Desprez with Andrew Lawrence-King, and a recording of the church and chamber music of Thomas Tomkins with the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and the viol consort Fretwork. Other projects include sound installations for art galleries and soundtracks for television and film.

Clare Wilkinson, mezzo soprano

Steven Harrold, tenor

Christopher Watson, tenor

William Unwin, tenor

Timothy Scott Whiteley, bass

Robert Macdonald, bass

David Skinner is known primarily for his combined role as a researcher and performer of early music, and is Fellow and Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music. He teaches historical and practical topics from the medieval and renaissance periods. From 1997 to 2001 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy at Christ Church, Oxford (where he was a Choral Scholar from 1989 to 1994), and was the Lecturer in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 2001 to 2006. At Cambridge he conducts the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, with whom he has toured and made professional recordings. He has published widely on music and musicians of early Tudor England, and his most recent projects include the collected works of Nicholas Ludford (Early English Church Music, 2003 & 2005) and The Arundel Choirbook (Duke of Norfolk: Roxburghe Club, 2003). He is currently editing the Latin church music of John Sheppard for publication in 2008, and co-authoring a book on music and the English Reformation.

Lynda Sayce is one of the UK s leading lutenists, and is noted both as a performer and as a musical scholar with a strong interest in history, literature and the visual arts. She studied at St Hughs college, Oxford, where she matriculated in History and graduated in Music. She then studied lute with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music, and also took continuo classes with Nigel North. She holds a Ph.D for her research on the history of the theorbo, and has contributed articles to Early Music, the Revised New Grove Dictionary of Music, and the art journal Apollo, and has edited many music publications. She performs regularly with leading period instrument ensembles, including The King's Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Musicians of the Globe.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Burn VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2008
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This disc has appeared on the Obsidian label, new to the music marketplace in 2007, but their first few offerings have been very well received in the press. Reading a little between the lines, it seems that Obsidian is the means by which Alamire, also a new entrant to the cut-throat world of early music, can get their recordings out into the wide world, but it would be entirely unfair to accuse this of being a vanity project: these are serious records of serious music for serious listeners, exploring parts of the repertoire that are poorly represented on disc.

This is not, however, to suggest that the music is of that variety which, when first you hear it, causes you to think "now I see why this has been left unrecorded for so long." It must be admitted that there is occasionally a habit among aficionados of square notes and Latin texts to confuse new discoveries with quality, but in this case the repertoire being presented is of genuine worth, and it is given sensitive and thoughtful performances.

Verdelot belongs to that generation of composers which have come somewhat into vogue in the past three or so years among the early music scene, as he lived between the two apparent golden ages of Renaissance music: those of Josquin and Palestrina. Both of those seams have been heavily mined by every ensemble out there: The Clerks Group have made outstanding discs of Josquin, Obrecht and Ockeghem; the Tallis Scholars have made Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli their own; and the Cardinall's Musick have given Byrd a truly memorable series of recordings.
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Solid Scholarship, Good Intentions... 5 Oct. 2008
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... but not on a vocal par with ensembles like La Venexiana or Il Complesso Barocco, singing similar repertoire. Honestly, if I'd heard David Skinner's ensemble Alamire ten or fifteen years ago, I might have been thrilled by their understanding of the madrigal form, but the leadership in 'early music' has shifted away from England to France and Italy, and today this performance sounds academic. The singers, I suspect, are recruited from the choral ranks of Oxford and Cambridge. Skinner has been active at both universities.

Philippe Verdelot was a Frenchman who spent the central and most important years of his career in the early 16th Century in Italy, particularly in Florence. He is known to have been a close pal of Niccolo Macchiavelli. He is clearly an important link between the Parisian composers of madrigalesque chansons, Sermisy for instance, and the up-and-coming Italians of the next generation. In other words, the archetypal Italian madrigal of Marenzio/Gesualdo/Monteverdi/d'India had a French parentage.

All the madrigals on this CD come from a set of five part-books (open score didn't exist) prepared under Verdelot's supervision in Florence around 1526 and presented as a gift to the English King Henry VIII. The history of their survival in quite fascinating. From Henry's library, years later somehow they passed into the hands of Francis Tregian, a Catholic recusant who died in prison for his crime of conscience in 1619. Then, amazingly, four of the partbooks reappeared in the 19th Century, in the possession of a series of antiquarian book collectors. Bernard Quaritch, the last of the collectors, sold the four partbooks to the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1935; thus the set is now known as the Newberry Partbooks. However, the alto partbook was presumed lost forever, and a musicologist named Colin Slim attempted a re-composition of that missing part, which was published in 1972. The publication resulted in the discovery of the fifth partbook, which had never left England but had survived in the catholic community. It had been left to Oscott College in 1883 by one Francis Amherst, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Northampton. Professor Slim made transcriptions of the missing lines and published them in the magazine Early Music in 1978. The five partbooks are still lodged in separate libraries, but the music is widely available. This recording is the first ever to unite all 30 madrigals in one performance.
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