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Music of the Italian Renaissance
 
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Music of the Italian Renaissance

7 Nov. 1994 | Format: MP3

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By Andrew C. Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2009
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This CD is a constant delight full of lovely things - the instruments - lutes, viola da mano, renaissance cittern and guitar, - Shirley Rumsey's voice which is so flexible and subtle conveying nuances of meaning,- excellent insightful sleeve notes adding to understanding,- the songs of the singer-lutenist ranging from the court to the courtesan, and the pleasures of Mantua and Venice in the early 16th century. I love the way the strumming on the instruments moves with the songs expressing a range of things from the singing of the cricket(track 15)
to deep religious conviction (a beautiful final track),
from love songs to philosophical musings about life and fate.
One song(track 10) contains the following social commentary of the time,
'Sullen old hags are good for nothing
But setting traps for lovers in the public square.'
The different plucked string instruments are well chosen and the sounds of miniature gems well worth discovering. Tracks 3 6 & 13 are from the prince among lutenists 'Il divino'- Francesco da Milano. Joan Ambrosio Dalza has a really dancing Piva (track 7) and a reflective tiny improvisation 'touching the strings'(track 21).
I have enjoyed many happy hours with this CD.
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Shirley Rumsey, the vocalist on this CD, has a heavenly voice. No matter how many times we play this CD, it is never redundant. If you are new or old to Italian Renaissance music, you will enjoy this CD.
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A delightful recording, well chosen for its variety and suitability for the performer and great value for money. I would have no hesitation in recommending this recording to anyone, whether a newcomer to early music or one seeking to widen their listening repertoire.
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This splendid album contains some of the best known Renaissance songs, like ‘Scaramella’ and ‘El Grillo’ by Josquin Despres or ‘Vecchie letrose’ by Adrian Willaert.

Love is the main theme of the songs. In ‘La Pastorella mia (My little shepherdess)’ by J. Arcadelt (1) the lovers meet one another: ‘Arriving close to her breast I would kiss her’. The other texts are only expressions of ‘being in love’. ‘I am a slave in your service’ in ‘Perla mya cara’ (anon.) (5), or, ‘that fairy white hand which pierces my heart’ in ‘Quella bella e biancha mano’ by A. Capiroli (8).
Of course, there are a lot of laments about hopeless loves. ‘A woman who loves two suitors cannot content them both’ in ‘Fontana che dai acqua’ by G.B. da Nola (23); ‘My soul without you cannot be healed’ in ‘Ti partir cor mio caro’ by F. Azzaiolo (2); ‘A certain lady who does not believe my suffering’ in ‘A la guerra a la guerra’ by B. Trombocino (12); or, ‘For I left the world and died for love’ in ‘O mia cieca e dura sorte (O my blind and cruel Fate)’ by M. Cara (17).
Other themes are war (Scaramella’ by J. Despres) (20), morality in ‘You cannot disguise your true nature’ in ‘Mal un muta per effecto’ by A. Cara (4) or ‘sullen old hags setting traps for lovers in the public square’ in ‘Vecchie letrose non valete niente’ by A. Willaert (10). drinking in ‘El Grillo’ by J. Despres (15) and religion ‘to free us from original sin, he hangs upon the hard wood’ in ‘Se mai per maraveglia (If ever in wonder)’ (anon.) (25).

This album contains many beautiful melodies, with as highlights for the instrumental pieces the compositions by J. A. Dalza (‘Piva’ – 7) and by F. da Milano (Fantasia 16 – 3), and for the songs ‘El Grillo’ by J. Despres (15), ‘Mal un muta per effecto’ by M. Cara (4) and ‘Quella bella e biancha mano’ by A. Capirola (8). They are magnificently interpreted by Shirley Rumsey.

A must, not only for lovers of Renaissance music.
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This purchase was a true winner - the delivery was super fast (faster than expected), the CD was kept safe in a good packaging, and there is honestly nothing negative that I could say about it.
The music is very relaxing, and it puts me in a great mood. Shirley Rumsay has a great, calming and assuring voice.
A very good purchase indeed. Love it.
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