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Cori Spezzati: Venetian Polychoral Music

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composed by Adrian Willaert, Alessandro Striggio, Andrea Gabrieli, Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Gabrieli, Hans Nielsen (aka Giovanni Fonteio), Johann Grabbe, Mogens Pedersøn

What you get on this disc isn't exactly what's advertised on the outside of the package, at least as the words "Venetian Polychoral Music" are usually understood. But the contents are intriguing nonetheless. Given the maxim that architecture is frozen music, someone once wondered whether music might be considered melted architecture. The formulation would actually work pretty well for the music of Venice in the sixteenth century, where the multiple recesses of St. Mark's cathedral gave birth to a new style that pointed ...

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  1. Ahi, senza te, pretiosa Margherita, madrigal for 4 voices, C. 88
  2. Ninfé leggiadre e belle, for chorus
  3. Dolce nemica mia, madrigal for 7 voices, C. 112
  4. O bene mio fam'uno favore, canzona for 4 voices
  5. Alma cortes'e bella, madrigal for 3 voices, C. 85
  6. Cor mio, deh, non languire, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 1)
  7. Deh dolce anima, for chorus
  8. T'amo, mia vita, madrigal
  9. Kyrie, for 12 voices, C. 43-45 (1597)
  10. Fuggi pur se sai, madrigal for 8 voices, C. 116
  11. In nobil sangue, vita humile e queta, madrigal for 6 voices
  12. Aria della Battaglia, for 8 parts
  13. Amor, dove mi guidi, madrigal for 12 voices, C. 120
  14. A le guancie di rose, madrigal for 8 voices
  15. Clori à Damon dicea, Dolce ben mio, madrigal for 6 voices ("Gloria Damon dicea")
  16. Hodie Spiritus Sanctus
  17. Messe Benedicam Dominum: Credo
  18. Hodie Christus natus est, motet
  19. Agnus Dei
  20. Omnes gentes plaudite manibus, motet for 16 voices, C. 52
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Cori Spezzati: Venetian Polychoral Music
2005, Brilliant

UPC: 5028421922096

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