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Giovanni Ghizzolo (1580-1625): Il Secondo Libro de Madrigali / Roberto Balconi, countertenor. Fantazyas

Conductor Ensemble

Notes & Reviews:

Renowned in his day but now faded into obscurity, Giovanni Ghizzolo and his hauntingly lyrical madrigals are brought to life on this new recording by Fantazyas. As a Franciscan friar, Ghizzolo composed many religious works, crossing the boundary between conservative and progressive music with daring new experiments in settings and textures. The madrigals featured here are an example of his secular work, of which he also wrote a great deal, inspired by his courtly life at Correggio, one of the great Renaissance courts modelled on Ferrara, Mantua and Venice. Ghizzolo reveals his ingenuity in the sheer variety of his writing, from thrilling polyphonies to an unusually lyrical monody of five voices, where nature comes to life as the story of Battillo and his beloved nymph is narrated by each voice in turn. The madrigals showcased here are given an authoritative yet highly original interpretation by expert early music group Fantazyas. Alongside their director Roberto Balconi, described as ‘one of the best voices on the countertenor scene’ (L’Opera), the ensemble brings a sweet, pure sound to these overlooked Italian gems. Other information * Recorded in 2013. * Contains notes on the composer and the works. * Contains artist and ensemble biographies.


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