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Rose Consort of Viols - Serenissima: Music from Renaissance Europe on Venetian Viols (2014)

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Rose Consort of Viols - Serenissima: Music from Renaissance Europe on Venetian Viols (2014)
Artist: Rose Consort of Viols
Title Of Album: Serenissima: Music from Renaissance Europe on Venetian Viols
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Delphian / DCD34149
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music
Total Time: 1:11:23
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 379 mb

The tradition of Renaissance viol consort music can be difficult for the casual listener to get a handle on; the sound of the viols, wheezy and glassy when not played well, tires in large quantities, and the pieces mostly have the same texture and slow tempo. This release by Britain's Rose Consort of Viols is expressly dedicated to exploring the sound of Venetian instruments, in modern replicas, and indeed the rounded sound of these viols, all inspired by the single surviving example of a viol from Venice in the 16th century, may well attract fans of this music. But the album may also be a strong choice for those who have struggled with viol consort music in the past. Much of what's most familiar in the viol repertory came from England, but the music was pan-European, and that's one key to understanding it. Viol music was an intellectual tradition, inward rather than outward looking, and it is at its most characteristic when a composer is taking a tune that originated in one country and reworking it in another. Many of the works here -- "La my la sol," "Ich stund an einem Morgen," "In nomine," and "Doulce memoire" -- were treated over and over again by different composers as a display of technique. The seemingly small range of the music is in fact its essence: composers had to show what they could do within that small range, and this album lets the listener get an idea of how enthusiasts of the 16th century heard viol music.


1-3. Costanzo Festa: Three contrapuncti on ‘La Spagna’
4. Henricus Isaac: Palle, palle
5. Philippe Verdelot: Altro non e’l mio amore
6-8. anon.: Three dances, c.1530
9. Henricus Isaac: La my la sol

10. Orlande de Lassus: Im Mayen
11. Henricus Isaac: Ich stund an einem Morgen
12. Ludwig Senfl: Ich stund an einem Morgen a 3
13. Ludwig Senfl: Ich stund an einem Morgen a 4
14. Ludwig Senfl: Fortuna ad voces musicales
15. Orlande de Lassus: O sacrum convivium

16. Claude Le Jeune: Première Fantasie
17. Tylman Susato: Doulce mémoire a 3
18. Pierre Sandrin, arr. Diego Ortiz: Doulce mémoire
19. Cipriano de Rore: Kyrie from Missa Doulce mémoire

20-21. Augustine Bassano: Pavan and Galliard
22. Osbert Parsley: In Nomine a 4 No. 2
23. Christopher Tye: In Nomine ‘Howld fast’
24. Philip van Wilder: Fantasia con pause e senza pause
25-28. anon.: Four dances, c.1560
29. William Byrd: Fantasia a 3 No. 2
30. Robert Parsons: Song of Mr Robert Parsons
31-32. Antony Holborne: Pavan and Galliard 41 & 42

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