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Music of War & Peace 1450-1650 (L'Homme Arme) Import, Compilation


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Compilation
  • Label: Erato
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • ASIN: B001061JCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Track list:~~1. L'Homme arme~~~2. L'Homme arme4~~~3. Una sañosa porfia~~~4. Altri canti d'amor~~~5. La Bataglia: Sento un rumor~~~6. Pavane: La Bataille / Scaramella va alla guerre~~~7. The burning of the dead~~~8. Triste estava el rey David~~~9. Fili mi, Absalom~~~10. Quivi sospiri~~~11. In hora ultima~~~12. Kyrie Eleison~~~13. O combien est plaisant~~~14. Kaddish~~~15. Turn our captivity, O Lord~~~16. Es ging ein Samenn auss.

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In the introduction of this remarkable album, Joël Cohen poses a cardinal question: ‘Did the men and the women of (the Renaissance) contemplate, as we do, the possible destruction of the human race? Their terror before the abyss was not unlike ours.’ His choice of sublime masterpieces of Renaissance music is a formidable proof of this terror.

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In ‘Altri canti d’Amor’ (4), C. Monteverdi wrote ‘a proud and warlike song’ about ‘Mars, the furious’, the God of ‘reckless battles.’
Andrea Gabrieli in (5- La Battaglia) beats the drums: ‘to arms everybody’, in order to slay the vile mob ‘jealous and insane, that plunders our possessions and demolishes our walls’.
But, the bleak results of all this fighting are for L. Luzzaschi on a text by Dante (10 –Quivi sospiri) ‘deep sighing, weeping, groan, sad words or bitter sorrow’. In (3 – Una Sañosa Porfia’) by Juan del Encina, a Moorish king contemplates his impending defeat: ‘fortune is leaving my command’. In (8 – Triste estava El Rey David) by A. Mudarra and in (9 – Fili mi, Absalom) by Heinrich Schütz, King David laments for the death of his beloved son. In 15 – ‘Turn our captivity, O Lord’ W. Byrd expresses the longing for liberation among the captives.
Instead of propagating war and its disasters, C. Goudimel praises in ‘13 – Ô combien est plaisant’ ‘how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity’ and S. Rossi in ’14 – Kaddish’ prays for ‘abundant peace’.
Him ‘that hath ears to hear, let him hear’ admonishes H. Schütz in (16 – The Parable of the Sower). But, in (11 – In hora ultima) Roland de Lassus reminds everybody with black humor that ‘everything will perish: trumpets, flutes and lutes; laughing, joking, jumping; song and discant.
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