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La bella Ninfa: European Madrigals ca. 1600

Monteverdi Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 16, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BERLIN CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B000007RQN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Bella Ninfa Mia
2. Leggiadre Ninfe E Pastorelli Amanti
3. I Vaghi Fiori E L' Amorose Fronde
4. Il Bianco E Dolce Cigno
5. Lasciate Mi Morire
6. Ecco Mormorar L' Onde
7. Moro Lasso Al Mio Duolo
8. Dolcissima Mia Vita
9. Ride La Primavera
10. Matona Mia Cara
11. Speme Amorosa
12. Prado Verde Y Florido
13. Recuerde El Alma Dormida
14. Herzlich Tut Mich Erfreuen
15. Gott B' Hute Dich
16. Tritt Auf Den Riegel Vor Der Tur
17. Ach Lieb, Ich Tu Dir Klagen
18. Ich Sag Ade
19. Le Cocu
20. Bon Jour, Mon Coeur
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must have it! April 6, 2002
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The European Renaissance madrigals remain an invaluable good of humanity. And this recording is another proof that the real music goes hand in hand with good performers. The madrigal, a fashionable genre of secular vocal music in the sixteenth century, has lost its consideration today. However, more and more vocal ensembles around the world have contributed to the revival of this music.
The notes of this compact disc suggest that the term madrigal may derive from the Latin matricalis, meaning "from the mother," and refers to a song in the mother tongue. However, the term might also be used in order to designate secular pieces (cantus materialis) as oppose to sacred pieces (Cantus spiritualis). In any case, the madrigal indicates a lyrical and musical form in 14th-16th century Italy. The musical madrigal used to depict the nature, but its prevalence grew and thus the genre enjoyed a huge development in the cultural life of the princely courts and academies of the Italian city-states. Here, the madrigal displayed a great stylistic variety along with several regional variations.
The present recording unfolds a page of the madrigal history. The first group of pieces comes from Italy itself. Eternal "hits" such as Arcadelt's Il bianco cigno, Palestrina's I vaghi fiori, Monteverdi's Ecco mormorar l'onde and Lasciate mi morire, as well as the very chromatic Moro lasso and Dolcissima mia vita by Gesualdo stand under the very earthy concepts of nature, love, and death suggested in the title song of this compilation, Luca Marenzio's La bella Ninfa (The Beautiful Nymph).
After a short stop in Spain, the "trip" goes to Germany and France.
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