The fourth release in the Rediscoveries series from Virgin Classics is the rare recording of vocal music of Sigismondo d India performed by English Tenor Nigel Rogers. The 19 songs date from d India s five books of Musiche a una e due voci with continuo accompaniment. The books were published contemporaneously with his eight books of madrigals, appearing between 1609 and 1623. Like Monteverdi and Marco da Gagliano he embellished the new monody with all the jewels of polyphony, adapting the rich vocabulary of the madrigal to the new medium, and compensating for the loss of counterpoint by passaggi, accenti e vaghezze , expressive melodic ornamentation.
The repertory, which deals with the subject of unrequited love, is a specialty for Nigel Rogers. As one of the most prominent and persuasive champions of early Italian baroque vocal music, Rogers shows agile technique and responsiveness to text in this historic recording. Gramophone noted there are still few singers who could show greater affinity with this music . Accompanying Rogers is Paul O Dette and Andrew Lawrence-King.