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listen  1. Cantiam lieti cantiamoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. E d'un bel matin d'amoreHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Divini occhi sereniHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Con l'angelico risoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Madonna, il tuo bel visoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fuggi, fuggi, cor mioHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Si liet'e grata morteHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Se la dura durezzaHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ahimè, ahimè, dov'è 'l bel visoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Madonna, s'io v'offendoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Il bianco e dolce dignoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Donne, venete al balloHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Morir non può il mio cuoreHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Se la mia vitaThe Hilliard Ensemble 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mia benigna fortunaHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Anchor che col partireHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. O sonnoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Chi la gagliardaHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier/Simon Woods 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Madonna mia faHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Medici nui siamoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Quando sarà mai quel zornoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Matona mia caraHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Tri ciechi siamoHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. O Greefe even on the BudHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. When loe by breake of morningHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Aprill is in my Mistris faceHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Thule, the period of Cosmographie: a. (The first Part)Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Sweet nimphe come to thy loverHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sweet honey sucking Bees: a. (The first Part)Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Miraculous love's woundingHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Adew sweet AmarillisHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Weepe, O mine eyesHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The silver SwanneHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. O Care thou wilt dispatch mee: a. (The first Part)Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. O Care thou wilt dispatch mee: b. (The second Part)Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Since Roben HoodHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Fyre and lightningHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Strike it up, TaborHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. See, see, the shepheards QueenHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Come, sable nightHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Sweet Suffolke OwleHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. In nets of golden wyersHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Draw on sweet nightHilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Composer: Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi, Antonio Caprioli, Loyset Compere, Philippe Verdelot, Jacques Arcadelt, et al.
  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B000031WJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Caterina Sforza on February 23, 2005
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My idea of stilted is to sing these madrigals in the phony, glee-club RP style endured for so many years, that made precious, quaint curiosities of them. The Elizabethan pronunciation on this CD is an eye and ear-opener. We may appreciate how much of that speech actually endures in regional accents in both the US and UK. More importantly, this CD brings us the sounds of the long-forgotten English human beings of the Renaissance, people who drank, fought and screwed, who brought us Shakespeare and the King James Bible. I love this recording.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on December 4, 2008
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"Then broadside to broadside and at it they went, for fully two hours or three," the good ships Madrigal and Madrigale, head to head the English and the Italian, nor would either yield until the last quaver...

It's not a fair battle of course, a handful of English composers against the whole continent. Of the composers of these "Italian" madrigals, only six are bona fide Italiani. Compere, Verdelot, Arcadelt, da Rore, Willaert, Bell'Haver, and di Lasso are all French or Flemish. Likewise, the majority of these Italian "madrigals" aren't madrigals at all in their contemporary sense; they are villanelle or canzonette, the light-hearted less polyphonic little sisters of the mature madrigali.

The two CDs in this box were recorded four years apart. The Italian CD features only the male voices listed in the notes, with countertenor David James singing treble, The English CD includes sopranos Lynne Dawson and Gillian Fisher; I hate to concede it but the mixed ensemble has a more pleasing blend of voices, and the English madrigals profit from it. However, the French and Italian composers included here have a much larger battery of harmonic and rhythmic resources. If the "big guns" of the true Italian madrigalists - Luzzaschi, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Palestrina, d'India - were included the English barques would be sunk in a trice.

The English madrigalists tended to write jolly jouncy fa-la-la ditties, with the exception on this disk of the ambitious "O Care Thou Wilt Dispatch Me" by Thomas Weelkes. Jolly music is not to be scorned; there's a good deal of art and wit in these seemingly innocent pieces. John Wilbye's "Sweet Honey Sucking Bees" is one of the slyest metaphors of amorous climax in all of music, and the Hilliards make that climactic metaphor lushly obvious.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Stanley on July 2, 2008
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The Italian madrigals on this CD don't do much for me. I don't know if it's because I don't know most of them, or because I don't care for the male ensemble performing them. I do like the English CD, though. It's a good reference for many standard madrigals found in the Oxford Book of English Madrigals. The pieces using mixed voices have the clear, light sound with impeccable tuning that one would expect with the Hilliard Ensemble. The pieces using all male voices aren't as good to my ear, with the upper voice sounding a bit strident. As noted in other reviews I've written, I'm a big fan of historical pronunciation which is used in this recording. It adds a nice touch and is well done. I wish more early music ensembles would give attention to this oft-ignored but very important facet of performance. Far from turning the music into a museum piece, it actually has the opposite effect by bringing it back to life.
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By eduardo on October 24, 2014
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Wonderful!
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