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Jacopo da Bologna: Italian Madrigals of the 14th Century

Audio Samples

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Ogelletto silvagio per stagione, canonic caccia madrigal for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Italian : I'me sun un, madrigal (attrib. Jacopo da Bologna)
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Osellecto selvaggio per stagione, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : O in Italia felice Luguria, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Nel mio parlar di questa donn' eterna, ballata in 2/3 voices (incomplete)
>Anonymous, Codex Faenza : Aquila Altera, madrigal
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Aquil' altera/Creatura gentil/Ucel de Dio, madrigal for 3 voices (also instrumental version)
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Sotto l'imperio del possente prince, madrigal for 3 voices (also instrumental version)
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Avendo me falcon, madrigal for 2 voices (doubtful)
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Lo lume vostro dolce 'l mio singnore, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Lux purpurata radiis; Diligite iustitiam, motet for 3 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Non al su' amante piu Diana piaque, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Posando sopr'un acqua, in sonnio vidi, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : I' senti' za como l'arco d'Amore, madrigal for 2/3 voices

Album Summary

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Ogelletto silvagio per stagione, canonic caccia madrigal for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Italian : I'me sun un, madrigal (attrib. Jacopo da Bologna)
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Osellecto selvaggio per stagione, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : O in Italia felice Luguria, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Nel mio parlar di questa donn' eterna, ballata in 2/3 voices (incomplete)
>Anonymous, Codex Faenza : Aquila Altera, madrigal
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Aquil' altera/Creatura gentil/Ucel de Dio, madrigal for 3 voices (also instrumental version)
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Sotto l'imperio del possente prince, madrigal for 3 voices (also instrumental version)
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Avendo me falcon, madrigal for 2 voices (doubtful)
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Lo lume vostro dolce 'l mio singnore, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Lux purpurata radiis; Diligite iustitiam, motet for 3 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Non al su' amante piu Diana piaque, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : Posando sopr'un acqua, in sonnio vidi, madrigal for 2 voices
>Bologna, Jacopo da : I' senti' za como l'arco d'Amore, madrigal for 2/3 voices
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This is a CD containing performances of great musicality. Ensemble Pan (or perhaps P.A.N. for Project Ars Nova referring to the fourteenth century polyphonic style, Ars Nova, as well as the mercurial mythological musical figure, Pan) has only half a dozen or so CDs to its credit. This one offers 16 short madrigals from fourteenth century Italy. It should add considerably to the group's standing and ought to be snapped up by all lovers of early vocal music and poetry. The performances are focused, full of humanity, expression and a blend of technical excellence and exuberant articulation.

Founded in the early 1980s at the Schola Cantorum in Basel (Switzerland) by Americans Laurie Monahan (mezzo soprano), Michael Collver (countertenor, corno muto), and Crawford Young (lute), it was joined in 1984 by Shira Kammen (bowed strings) and John Fleagle (tenor, medieval harp). Widespread recognition for the Ensemble first came at the Boston Early Music Festival three years later. These performances (which last barely three quarters of an hour) were actually recorded (by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) in 1985; this CD is from 2010, though, and features Sterling Jones ("fidel", or vielle and rebec, organetto, lute) as well as Monahan, Collver and Young.

Madrigals from this period are highly distilled and intense works of art. Melody, tonality and phrasing are intricately conceived and meticulously crafted to communicate the passions of the texts. Ensemble PAN brings out every such nuance and stroke as faithfully as the current state of musicology knows how and as living performers should. They respect the music as it is, despite the fact that we know so little of Jacopo da Bologna (c.1340 - c.1386).

He came from Padua in northern Italy, a university town and center of artistic innovation, da Bologna flourished in the decades either side of 1350. Several of the madrigals here either refer to or allude more obliquely to Jacopo's life, events in his world and people active - in court circles, for example - during the long (and calamitous) fourteenth century in northern Italy. Actual connections (of conspirators and unfaithful seductresses to the texts in Lo lume vostro [tr.11] and Posando sopra un'acqua [tr.15]) remain conjecture, however plausible.

The approach which Ensemble PAN takes is one of treating the music, for all the clarity and directness of most of the equally mellifluous Italian poetry, as self-standing. Emotions are emotions, regardless of their origins. At the same time, there's a consistency, an informed steadiness to the singing and playing (the sequencing is well worked out and adds to our sense of the music's freshness), which serves to convey the passion of poet and composer.

Jacopo has a broader palette of emotive techniques, though: some of his refrains are downright sarcastic. "Plainer" humor is clearly important too. Ultimately, though, it's the singular thrust of texts celebrating the necessarily very human responses to events, trends, religious imperatives and equally human amorous stimuli which inspire Jacopo the most. The members of Ensemble PAN both have those responses to him; and at the same time perform in such a way that they're standing back from such reactions and are observing them emphatically and deliberately for and with us, listeners almost 650 years later.

This recording was made in the Musikakademie in Basel, which has an intimate acoustic well suited to the close, which is not to say closed, hue of these madrigals. It also aids the sense of transparency which Ensemble PAN obviously prizes. The booklet contains brief notes and the texts in Italian and Latin with German only translations. If this repertoire is even of passing interest to you, this is a CD to treasure. If you actively seek out madrigals and texts set in the Ars Nova style and/or the compositions of Jacopo da Bologna, it's a must."-classical.net 760623165226



Reviews

Jacopo da Bologna Madrigals
The fourteenth century, i.e., 1300-1400, known as the Italian "Trecento" or Italian "ars nova," is the period associated with the beginning of the Renaissance, which included the development of Italian music, especially Italian polyphony. Apart from his major role in the beginning of composed Italian polyphony, relatively little is known about the life of Magister Jacopo da Bologna, who flourished around 1340-1360. Born and educated in Bologna, he worked at the Visconti court in Milan during the 1340s. The Black Death, which swept across Europe between 1348 and 1350, struck Milan in 1348. Jacopo survived, but his patron Luchino died in 1349, from either the plague or being poisoned by Isabella Fieschi, his allegedly unfaithful wife, who was never charged with any crime. Exposure to the Visconti family power struggles, the ensuing violence and treachery, and the events of the plague inevitably affected many of Jacopo's works. During the 1350s, Jacopo worked at the Verona court of Mastino II della Scala. There, his rivalry with two other composers, Magister Piero and Giovanni da Cascia, is reflected in some of his compositions. The performances are exemplary, with crystal-clear delivery from each performer, the recording is well balanced, and the sound quality is excellent. If early-Italian Renaissance music appeals to you, this CD will surely please you. Ted Wilks
Submitted on 09/11/10 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Ogelletto silvagio per stagione, canonic caccia madrigal for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Anonymous, Italian : I'me sun un, madrigal (attrib. Jacopo da Bologna)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Osellecto selvaggio per stagione, madrigal for 2 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : O in Italia felice Luguria, madrigal for 2 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1346

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Nel mio parlar di questa donn' eterna, ballata in 2/3 voices (incomplete)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Anonymous, Codex Faenza : Aquila Altera, madrigal
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Aquil' altera/Creatura gentil/Ucel de Dio, madrigal for 3 voices (also instrumental version)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Sotto l'imperio del possente prinçe, madrigal for 3 voices (also instrumental version)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Avendo me falcon, madrigal for 2 voices (doubtful)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Lo lume vostro dolce 'l mio singnore, madrigal for 2 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Lux purpurata radiis; Diligite iustitiam, motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Non al su' amante piú Diana piaque, madrigal for 2 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : Posando sopr'un acqua, in sonnio vidi, madrigal for 2 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Bologna, Jacopo da : I' senti' zà como l'arco d'Amore, madrigal for 2/3 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century