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Girolamo Frescobaldi, John Cage: Songs of Irrelevance and Passion
     

Girolamo Frescobaldi, John Cage: Songs of Irrelevance and Passion

by cantoLX
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2013
Label:
Etcetera
UPC:
8711801014487
catalogNumber:
1448
Rank:
237836

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Tracks

  1. Arie musicali Bk.1 No.13, Di Licori un Guardo, song for solo voice (2 settings)
  2. Work(s): Solo for voice No. 52 (Aria 2) / Aria
  3. Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 4, Dove, dove, Signor quieto ricetto, for solo voice
  4. Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 6, A piè della gran croce (Maddalena alla Croce), for solo voice
  5. Song Books Volumes I & II (Solos for Voice 3-92), for solo voice: Solo for voice No. 27 / Solo for voice No. 30 / So
  6. Arie musicali Bk.1 No.18, Begli occhi io non provo, song for 2 voices
  7. Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 7, Dunque dovrò del puro servir mio (Aria di Romanesca), in 4 sections for solo voice
  8. Work(s): Solo for voice No. 15 / The Wonderful Widow of Eig
  9. Arie musicali Bk.1 No.11, Troppo sotto due stelle, aria for solo voice
  10. Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 8, Se l'onde ohimé, aria for solo voice
  11. Arie musicali Bk.1 No. 9, Donna, siam rei di morte, for solo voice
  12. Arie musicali Bk.1 No.16, Cosi mi disprezzate, aria di Passacaglia for voice & orchestra
  13. Song Books Volumes I & II (Solos for Voice 3-92), for solo voice: Solo for voice No. 53 (Aria 2B)
  14. Arie musicali Bk.1 No.15, Se l'aura spira, in 3 sections for solo voice

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cantoLX   Primary Artist

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