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Orlando di Lasso: Villanelle, Moresche e Altre Canzone [Import]

Giuseppe Maletto , Sergio Foresti , Orlande de Lassus , Roberto Balconi , Rossana Bertini , Daniele Carnovich , Claudio Cavina , Concerto Italiano , Rinaldo Alessandrini Audio CD
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  • Performer: Orlande de Lassus, Roberto Balconi, Rossana Bertini, Daniele Carnovich, Claudio Cavina, et al.
  • Orchestra: Sergio Foresti
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Maletto
  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Opus 111
  • ASIN: B000005W39
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allala, pia calia
2. Saccio 'na cosa
3. Lucia, celu, ahi, ahi, biscania
4. S'io ve dico ca sete la chiù bella
5. Ecco la nimph'Ebrayca chiamata
6. Parch'hai lasciato
7. Io ti vorria contar la pena mia
8. Hai, Lucia, bona cosa io dic'a tia
9. Chichilichi? Cucurucu!
10. Oh Lucia, miau, miau
11. Ad altre le voi dare ste passate
12. Tutto lo dì mi dici : canta, canta!
13. Cathalina, apra finestra
14. Tutto 'l dì piango
15. Matona, mia cara
16. S'io fusse ciaul'
17. Ogni giorno m'han ditt'a chi favelli
18. O belle fusa!
19. Madonna mia, pietà
20. Canta Giorgia, canta
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good fun from almost five centuries ago August 11, 2007
I enjoyed this collection of light items (villanelles, morescas, and other songs) immensely. It is a delightful contrast to the more serious fare (madrigals, masses, motets on various religious and secular but intense subjects) we usually get on records from Medieval and Renaissance composers. Much of it is parody and satire. All of it is upbeat and fun to listen to. The singing itself is good and the recorded sound is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love's theatre January 29, 2014
The main theme of this album of villanelle, moresche (songs in the slang of the black slaves in Italy) and madrigals is love, the laments and amorous advances of the lone lover, mostly rejected by the loved one.

The pretender assails his loved one with serenades like `I'm going to sing you a song just like the drummers do, 'your hair as soft as milk, your forehead like a crescent moon, your mouth like that of a doe, your breasts as big as wine gourds''(13), or `If I were a bird and you were a church steeple ... `(16). There is humor aplenty in the songs: 'I keep crying `Alas!' and my voice is all hoarse. My beauty, put water on the fire that`ll break out, I'm burning, I'm quite roasted.'(8) The refusal can be very adamant: `All your fine oaths, as the Spaniard says, are worth less than nada.' (17)
The loved one does not mince words: `Who's this bumpkin, miaowing at me like a tomcat?'(10); or, 'I s*** in your face! You poxy hound, there's nothing to lick here.'(3)
Also, true love does not always meet the desired results: 'you slept all night without making love to me a single time.'(9)
But, a suitor can also express his happiness at having found his freedom again: `It's the other one that was caught, I got off scot free!' (11)

Some songs are real theatrical sketches, by telling a story (8, 20) or by reproducing the laments/invectives between a master and his drunken slave (27) or between the orally fighting sexes (3, 9, 10, 13). Other songs are based on sometimes untranslatable puns (1, 12, 26).
Metaphors mainly aim at masculine vigor: Mistre Righe (25) or 'dance a little with Master Martino ' (9), while birds and roosters fly all over the place.
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