A Laurel for Landini

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Francesco Landini, who died in 1397, was long known through just a few pieces chosen to represent Italian music of the fourteenth century. Recordings treating his music in more detail, however, and this one by Britain's Gothic Voices, can stand up to any of them. The mixed-voice group one women, four men takes a sparse approach, with many pieces unaccompanied and a small harp played by Andrew Lawrence-King the only instrument on hand. The selection of pieces is ideal for illuminating the stylistic issues in the music, which is simpler in structure than that of Landini's French contemporary Machaut, but equally expressive. Gothic Voices presents both monophonic and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Francesco Landini, who died in 1397, was long known through just a few pieces chosen to represent Italian music of the fourteenth century. Recordings treating his music in more detail, however, and this one by Britain's Gothic Voices, can stand up to any of them. The mixed-voice group one women, four men takes a sparse approach, with many pieces unaccompanied and a small harp played by Andrew Lawrence-King the only instrument on hand. The selection of pieces is ideal for illuminating the stylistic issues in the music, which is simpler in structure than that of Landini's French contemporary Machaut, but equally expressive. Gothic Voices presents both monophonic and polyphonic pieces, whose interaction is important to an understanding of Landini's style, and they surround his compositions with anonymous works and pieces by other composers that expand upon various aspects of his music, which, to judge from the gorgeous cover images reproduced from the so-called Squarcialupi Codex, was regarded as classic. Landini's multipart pieces fell into two genres, the madrigale a distant ancestor to the Renaissance madrigal and the ballata, more influenced by the formal sophistication of French music. The distinctions are clearly illustrated, as is the evolving conception of the relationship between sacred and secular embodied in Landini's music. Each text is presented in Italian and summarized in English, and booklet notes appear in both languages. Although this disc does not have either the sensuous beauty or the sweeping conceptions of releases by Jordi Savall and his compatriots, general listeners will find both elegance and education within.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Avie
  • UPC: 822252215120
  • Catalog Number: 2151
  • Sales rank: 82,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sia laudato san Francesco, devotional song (Laudario di Cortona) - Gothic Voices & Anonymous, Cortona Codex (1:20)
  2. 2 O sommo specchio, madrigal à 3 - Steven Harrold & Niccolo da Perugia (3:15)
  3. 3 Creata fusti, o vergine Maria, for voice & continuo - Anonymous, Italian & Catherine King (2:24)
  4. 4 Questa fanciulla, Amor, ballata for 3 voices (also instrumental version), S. 116 - Francesco Landini & Andrew Lawrence-King (1:41)
  5. 5 Batista da Dio amato, for voice & continuo - Anonymous, Italian & Stephen Charlesworth (2:09)
  6. 6 Deh, dimmi tu, madrigal for 3 voices, S. 216 - Francesco Landini & Catherine King (2:11)
  7. 7 De sospirar sovente, ballata for 2 voices, S. 80 - Francesco Landini & Catherine King (1:43)
  8. 8 Vaga fanciulla, ballata for 2 voices, S. 29 - Francesco Landini & Andrew Lawrence-King (2:47)
  9. 9 Ave Maria, stella Diana, for voice & continuo - Gothic Voices & Anonymous, Italian (3:54)
  10. 10 Ne la più cara parte, for voice & continuo (attrib. Landini) - Anonymous, Italian & Steven Harrold (2:38)
  11. 11 Guarda una volta, ballata for 3 voices, S. 110 - Stephen Charlesworth & Francesco Landini (2:35)
  12. 12 Per l'allegrezza del nostro Signore, for voice & continuo - Anonymous, Italian & Catherine King (1:58)
  13. 13 Cosi pensoso, caccia for 3 voices, S. 219 - Francesco Landini & Steven Harrold (2:22)
  14. 14 Donna, perché mi spregi, ballata for 2 voices, S. 73 - Francesco Landini & Andrew Lawrence-King (1:58)
  15. 15 Musica son che mi dolgo, triple madrigal for 3 voices, S. 213 - Stephen Charlesworth & Francesco Landini (2:35)
  16. 16 Peccatrice nominata, devotional song (Laudario di Cortona) - Gothic Voices & Anonymous, Cortona Codex (2:23)
  17. 17 Conviensi a fede, ballata for 3 voices, S. 150 - Francesco Landini & Andrew Lawrence-King (3:54)
  18. 18 Lasso! di donna, ballata for 3 voices, S. 138 - Stephen Charlesworth & Francesco Landini (3:17)
  19. 19 Mein Herz das ist versert - Oswald von Wolkenstein & Catherine King (0:56)
  20. 20 Ne la mia vita, ballata for 3 voices, S. 120 - Francesco Landini & Steven Harrold (2:37)
  21. 21 Muorti oramai, deh, ballata for 3 voices, S. 178 - Stephen Charlesworth & Francesco Landini (4:41)
  22. 22 Che pena è questa al cor, ballata for 3 (or 2) voices, S. 162 (2 versions) - Francesco Landini & Andrew Lawrence-King (3:52)
  23. 23 Più bella donn'al mondo, ballata for 2 voices, S. 52 - Francesco Landini & Stephen Charlesworth (2:12)
  24. 24 Questa fanciulla, Amor, ballata for 3 voices (also instrumental version), S. 116 - Francesco Landini & Andrew Lawrence-King (2:30)
  25. 25 Vergine donzella imperadrice, for voice & continuo - Anonymous, Italian & Leigh Nixon (2:30)
  26. 26 Questa fanciulla, Amor, ballata for 3 voices (also instrumental version), S. 116 - Francesco Landini & Andrew Lawrence-King (3:53)
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