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  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B002NVLXE6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): Non vidi mai dopo notturna pioggia
2. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): Dissi a l'amata mia lucida stella
3. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): Veggo, dolce mio bene
4. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): 1. O bella man, che mi distringi 'l core. 2. Candido leggiadretto
5. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): Hor vedi, Amor, che giovinetta donna
6. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): 1. Apollo, s'ancor vive il bel desio. 2. E per virtú de l'amorosa
7. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): Nova angeletta sovra l'ale accorta
8. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): Vedi le valli e i campi che si smaltano
9. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): Vezzosi augelli, in fra le verdi fronde
10. Madrigals for 4 voices, Book 1 (Madrigali...libro primo a 4 voci): Ahi dispietata morte, ahi crudel vita!
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Disc: 2
1. Basciami basciami mille mille volte, madrigal for 5 voices (Il quinto libro de madrigali a 5 voci)
2. Dolorosi martir, fieri tormenti, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci)
3. Ne fero sdegno mai donna mi mosse, madrigal for 6 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 6 voci)
4. Talchè dovunque vò, tutte repente, madrigal
5. Liquide perle Amor da gli occhi sparse, madrigal for 5 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci)
6. Liquide perle Amor da gl'occhi sparse, diminuations for lute (after Marenzio)
7. Vaghi e lieti fanciulli, madrigal for 6 voices (Il secondo libro de madrigali a 6 voci)
8. Deh, rinforzate il vostro largo pianto, madrigal for 6 voices (Il primo libro de madrigali a 6 voci)
9. Donne il celeste lume, madrigal for 9 voices (Il quarto libro de madrigali a 6 voci)
10. Udite, lagrimosi spirti d'Averno, udite, madrigal for 5 voices (Il sesto libro de madrigali a 5 voci)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig M. Zeichner on February 15, 2010
In his day, Luca Marenzio was the most famous madrigalist of the late 16th century. His works were even well-known in England where the composer Peter Philips arranged his erotically charged Tirsi morir volea for keyboard (it's heard on this recording in its original vocal version and in a version for solo harpsichord). Marenzio's style is polyphonic but blessed with a lightness of touch, so his textures are never dense or impenetrable. Marenzio also had a marvelous gift for word-painting and managed to pack intense meaning in brief phrases. This two-CD recording by Concerto Italiano under the direction of Rinaldo Alessandrini focuses on Marenzio's First Book of Madrigals and selections from his other books of madrigals.

With music that is so dependent on the subtle nuances of language, there is no escaping the interpretative advantage native speakers have in the repertoire. The singers of Concerto Italiano are marvelous. Besides being able to draw every bit of drama from each word, they also sing with beauty and technical precision. This is not easy music and it is to Concerto Italiano's enormous credit that they make each madrigal very memorable indeed. These two CDs contain some of the finest musical settings of texts by such Italian poets as Petrarch, Tasso and Guarini. Jump right in and if you do not speak Italian, be sure to follow along with the libretto. Here's the kicker: even if you don't speak Italian you will still be moved by the expressive power of these performances.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Cooper on February 24, 2013
This set consists of two CDs (Amazon B002NVLXE6), one devoted to the four-voice madrigals from Marenzio's "First Book" of 1595, and the second offering those for 5 and 6 voices, with a couple of instrumental arrangements by contemporaries. The producers are aware of the potential for monotony of the material and some of the pieces have a discreet instrumental accompaniment of harp or archlute. With the exception of the bass, "Concerto Italiano" has a completely different vocal line-up for CD 2.
The two Amazon appraisals of the set gave it five twinkles with a somewhat superficial scrutiny. Let's start with the mundane: the booklet is a mixed bag, a brilliant choice of cover image, an anonymous 15th century French vision of the imperial Roman seductress Poppaea Sabina in predictable deshabillé (how on earth the producers got this printed in Malaysia is a mystery!). It is totally apposite for the concealed eroticism of the texts which are provided with French and English translations. The scholarly essays say much about Marenzio's historical importance and about the texts, but little about the actual music - conductor Alessandrini's comment "also noteworthy are the liberal use of dissonance (often without preparation) and the long exhausting strings of sevenths and sixths" draws attention to the boredom quotient of a recital entirely devoted to this repertoire. Naïve pass you a lot of cardboard for your outlay (modest, it has to be said) - the packaging is about as unhelpful as it is possible to be. If you keep your CDs in any sort of tidy, you'll be stuck for somewhere to put it, and it falls apart when you open it. The Italian originals of the essays have been discarded. If you're Italian, Naïve couldn't care less whether you have an introduction to your music.
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