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Frottole: Popular Songs of Renaissance Italy / Ring Around Consort & Quartet

Album Summary

>Anonymous : La Vida de Culin
>Fogliano, Giacomo : L'amor, donna, ch'io te porto, for vocal ensemble
>Willaert, Adrian : Vecchie letrose
>Pesenti, Michele : Che faralla, che diralla, song
>Anonymous : Occhi miei, al pianger nati, frottola
>Dalza, Joan Ambrosio : Poi che volse la mia stella (after Bartolomeo Tromboncino), for lute
>Festa, Sebastian : L'ultimo di di maggio
>Tromboncino, Bartolomeo : Zephiro spira il bel tempo rimena, for accompanied voice
>Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino : Alle stamenge, canto, CM 133
>Tromboncino, Bartolomeo : Sù, sù, leva, alza le ciglia, for vocal ensemble
>Anonymous, Italian : Ahimè sospiri
>Cara, Marchetto : Per dolor (from il Libro del Cortegiano)
>Capirola, Vincenzo : Ricercare ottavo
>Patavino, Francesco : Un cavalier di Spagna
>Tromboncino, Bartolomeo : Virgine belle, for vocal ensemble
>Cara, Marchetto : Non è tempo d'aspettare, for 4 voices
>Zesso, Giovanni Battista : D'un bel mattin d'amore
>Mantovano, Rossino : Lirum bililirum (Un sonar de piva in fachinesco), madrigal
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Set to vernacular texts dealing mainly with the theme of love, frottole were short, improvisatory polyphonic songs with instrumental accompaniment that flourished in the Renaissance courts of Italy for some forty years between c. 1480 and 1520. Despite its apparent simplicity, this completely new genre of song inspired some of Europe's greatest vocal and instrumental musicians. The recent invention of movable type added further to its popularity. This recording explores a representative selection, including work published by the historically pivotal figure of Ottaviano Petrucci.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013).



Reviews

"Wine and Laughter"
From the outset, you realize that you are in for something quite special. These Italian secular songs from the 15th and 16th centuries are deceptively simple yet highly sophisticated both rhythmically and harmonically. They are brimming with personality and charm. There isnít a weak link in the 60 minute program. The Ring Around Quartet (now thereís a memorable name!) is comprised of 4 accomplished vocalists from Italy: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone. Their singing is topnotch, whether it be solo or collectively. The articulation, intonation and blend could not be significantly improved upon. Each song is vividly and idiomatically rendered. The accompanying Consort furnishes refined rhythmic support and color: Lute, Viola díArco, Tenor Viol, Renaissance Guitar, Bass Viol, Recorder, Pipe, Tabor and Percussion. The recording done at Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico in Genoa is nicely poised between presence and ambience. The extensive liner notes include a detailed exploration of the genesis and proliferation of this pivotal vocal form considered by many scholars to be a forerunner of the madrigal. Song texts and translations are available on line. This is a refreshing winner in every regard.
Submitted on 06/12/15 by Allen Cohen 
Competence, but not much character
It seems rather odd, in this "historically informed" day and age, for the Ring Around group to be performing Renaissance music at A=440. Also, although the vocal quartet sound well together, and the instrumentalists are certainly competent, one would like a little more pizazz in this folksy music. Vera Marenco contributes a bright and agile soprano, but Umberto Bartolini--whose tenor is colorless to the point of invisibility--gets too many solos for my taste. (I admit I am spoiled in this repertoire by the old recordings of the New York Pro Musica.) Bartolini also begins one of the selections as if he were drunk (his sole display of personality), though none of the others continues the "joke," and he then sings the remainder of the piece in a normal voice. It might actually have been funny if all had rendered it in the same style, though there's really nothing in the lyrics to account for it. Cited as polyphonic, most of the pieces on this disc are basically chordal, without the counterpoint we tend to associate with that description. Texts and translations, alas, are only to be found online. Download them: there's not much point to these songs without them.
Submitted on 09/03/15 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Anonymous : La Vida de Culin
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Fogliano, Giacomo : L'amor, donna, ch'io te porto, for vocal ensemble
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1507

>Willaert, Adrian : Vecchie letrose
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Pesenti, Michele : Che faralla, che diralla, song
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous : Occhi miei, al pianger nati, frottola
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dalza, Joan Ambrosio : Poi che volse la mia stella (after Bartolomeo Tromboncino), for lute
  • Performer: Giuliano Lucini (Lute)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Festa, Sebastian : L'ultimo di di maggio
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tromboncino, Bartolomeo : Zephiro spira il bel tempo rimena, for accompanied voice
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino : Alle stamenge, canto, CM 133
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Tromboncino, Bartolomeo : Sù, sù, leva, alza le ciglia, for vocal ensemble
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Ahimè sospiri
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.

>Cara, Marchetto : Per dolor (from il Libro del Cortegiano)
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Capirola, Vincenzo : Ricercare ottavo
  • Performer: Giuliano Lucini (Lute)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Patavino, Francesco : Un cavalier di Spagna
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 15th Century

>Tromboncino, Bartolomeo : Virgine belle, for vocal ensemble
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1510

>Cara, Marchetto : Non è tempo d'aspettare, for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Zesso, Giovanni Battista : D'un bel mattin d'amore
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.

>Mantovano, Rossino : Lirum bililirum (Un sonar de piva in fachinesco), madrigal
  • Ensemble: Ring Around Quartet
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Premanico, Genoa, Italy (10/17/2013-10/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance