Girolamo Frescobaldi, John Cage: Songs of Irrelevance and Passion

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
There is substantial overlap between the fields of early music and contemporary music, and the performances on this release by the Luxembourgeois vocal group cantoLX and conductor Frank Agsteribbe are fully adequate. Indeed, Agsteribbe achieves a novel sound in the short songs of Frescobaldi: in contrast to the large, operatic continuo groups that have been used in this repertory, he restricts the continuo to harpsichord and theorbo. This produces a clean effect that puts the focus on the singers and remains true to the chamber uses of the music. The singers manage the extended vocal techniques in the Cage pieces without sounding like they're treading in hostile ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
There is substantial overlap between the fields of early music and contemporary music, and the performances on this release by the Luxembourgeois vocal group cantoLX and conductor Frank Agsteribbe are fully adequate. Indeed, Agsteribbe achieves a novel sound in the short songs of Frescobaldi: in contrast to the large, operatic continuo groups that have been used in this repertory, he restricts the continuo to harpsichord and theorbo. This produces a clean effect that puts the focus on the singers and remains true to the chamber uses of the music. The singers manage the extended vocal techniques in the Cage pieces without sounding like they're treading in hostile territory. So, the only real question here is the unusual program of Frescobaldi and Cage and whether it makes sense. The booklet casts the two composers as vocal experimenters, which is certainly true enough, and it might even be plausible to argue that each stood at the beginning of a fundamentally new musical language. The analogy between the two composers is a kind of musicological one. But it breaks down pretty quickly: extended vocal technique was a small part of Cage's compositional arsenal, and his music, though famous, has hardly been influential in the way Frescobaldi's was. You may find that the program has the flavor of one of those symphonic concerts of a generation ago that included an obligatory contemporary work through which everyone sat through dutifully so they could hear the Beethoven. But if you find that you buy the concept, you'll find nothing wrong with the execution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2013
  • Label: Etcetera
  • EAN: 8711801014487
  • Catalog Number: 1448
  • Sales rank: 344,640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Arie musicali Bk.1 No.15, Se l'aura spira, in 3 sections for solo voice - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (1:11)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Stephan van Dijck
  2. 2 Song Books Volumes I & II (Solos for Voice 3-92), for solo voice: Solo for voice No. 53 (Aria 2B) - John Cage & Marivì Blasco (2:21)
    Composed byJohn Cage
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byMarivì Blasco, Frank Agsteribbe
  3. 3 Arie musicali Bk.1 No.16, Cosi mi disprezzate, aria di Passacaglia for voice & orchestra - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (2:54)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Véronique Nosbaum
  4. 4 Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 9, Donna, siam rei di morte, for solo voice - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (3:09)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Jean-Paul Majerus
  5. 5 Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 8, Se l'onde ohimé, aria for solo voice - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (3:01)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Stephan van Dijck
  6. 6 Arie musicali Bk.1 No.11, Troppo sotto due stelle, aria for solo voice - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (3:17)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Jean-Paul Majerus
  7. 7 Work(s): Solo for voice No. 15 / The Wonderful Widow of Eig - John Cage & Frank Agsteribbe (3:22)
    Composed byJohn Cage
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe
  8. 8 Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 7, Dunque dovrò del puro servir mio (Aria di Romanesca), in 4 sections for solo voice - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (2:43)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Véronique Nosbaum
  9. 9 Arie musicali Bk.1 No.18, Begli occhi io non provo, song for 2 voices - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Frank Agsteribbe (3:05)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe
  10. 10 Song Books Volumes I & II (Solos for Voice 3-92), for solo voice: Solo for voice No. 27 / Solo for voice No. 30 / So - John Cage & Frank Agsteribbe (3:22)
    Composed byJohn Cage
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe
  11. 11 Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 6, A piè della gran croce (Maddalena alla Croce), for solo voice - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (2:41)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Véronique Nosbaum
  12. 12 Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 4, Dove, dove, Signor quieto ricetto, for solo voice - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (2:16)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Stephan van Dijck
  13. 13 Work(s): Solo for voice No. 52 (Aria 2) / Aria - John Cage & Frank Agsteribbe (10:19)
    Composed byJohn Cage
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Jonathan De Ceuster, Véronique Nosbaum
  14. 14 Arie musicali Bk.1 No.13, Di Licori un Guardo, song for solo voice (2 settings) - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Karl Nyhlin (1:54)
    Composed byGirolamo Frescobaldi
    Conducted byFrank Agsteribbe
    Performed byFrank Agsteribbe, Stephan van Dijck
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cantoLX Primary Artist
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