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Musica Antiqua of London

A Songbook for Isabella

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212003923
  • Catalog number SIGCD 039
  • Release date 01 August 2003
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About the album

Isabella d’Este was brought up in the midst of an extremely active musical court. After her marriage in 1490 to Francesco Gonzaga Duke of Mantua she began to remodel the Duke's relatively modest musical establishment in imitation of that of her father, Hercule. She was herself a gifted musician and favoured above all the viol. Not only was the viol the favourite vehicle for aristocratic instrumental performance, but it was the ideal accompaniment to the voice.

Under Isabella’s patronage the tradition of improvised song accompanied by the singer on a lira da braccio developed into the frottola, shared between two, three or even four viols. In employing Italian composers, and herself performing their music, Isabella played a key role in the development of this new music, and of the consort of viole which developed alongside it.

This disc presents a selection of music from the circle of Isabella. The repertoire is centred around the Milliare Songbook - a hand written songbook compiled in 1502 by, or for, one Ludovico Milliare. This contains a wonderfully rich cross section of the vocal and instrumental repertoire loved by the d’Este family of Mantua. An attractive feature of the collection is the inclusion of sacred pieces, mostly non-liturgical and apparently intended for private devotional use.

The instruments used for this recording have been thoroughly researched by examining documented and iconographic evidence - for example contemporary paintings of the period. The custom-made viols are cannot be called "copies"; they are recreations using the best information and scholarship available. This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear the very different sound these instruments make - rather different from their more modern counterparts from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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    La Fortuna: Or su corere à 4
     
    03:31
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    La Fortuna: Fortuna desperata à 4
     
    01:36
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    3
    La Fortuna: Facia ognon in fin che po à
     
    02:23
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    Prenez sur moy vostre example: Prenez sur moy à 3
     
    03:21
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    Prenez sur moy vostre example: Helas que pora advenire à 3
     
    03:13
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    Prenez sur moy vostre example: Or che son di pregion à 4
     
    03:20
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    A la cazza: A la pesca à 4
     
    02:00
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    A la cazza: [Gagliarda] Peschatore
     
    00:37
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    A la cazza: A la cazza à 4
     
    01:53
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    Kyrie Eleison: Kyrie leison à 4
     
    03:54
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    Kyrie Eleison: Colomba senza fielle
     
    05:30
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    Kyrie Eleison: Pavana regia
     
    02:06
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    Carmine sine verbis I: El piove à 3
     
    01:57
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    Carmine sine verbis I: Si dedero à 3, à 4
     
    02:33
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    Ave Maris Stella: Ave maris stella à 3
     
    05:35
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    La Mi La Sol: La mi à 4
     
    02:16
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    Viva il grand Hercule: La mi la sol la mi gia vol à 4
     
    01:40
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    Viva il grand Hercule: O triumphale diamante à 4
     
    01:18
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    In Festo Natalis Domini: Tente alora à 4
     
    00:47
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    In Festo Natalis Domini: Verbum caro factus est à 3
     
    02:11
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    In Festo Natalis Domini: Ne la digna stalla à 2
     
    02:44
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    In Festo Natalis Domini: Recerchar di Benedictus
     
    01:31
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    In Festo Natalis Domini: Benedictus
     
    02:18
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    Carmine sine Verbis II: Absque verbis à 3
     
    02:03
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    Carmine sine Verbis II: Gratis acceptistis à 4
     
    01:50
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    Carmine sine Verbis II: La Mora à 3, à 4
     
    02:27
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    La Speranza: In te Domine speravi à 4
     
    04:21
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    La Speranza: [Salterelli] Zorzi, Giorgio
     
    01:33
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    La Speranza: Forte cosa e la speranza à 5
     
    03:22

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