King's Singers La Dolce Vita

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Giovanni de Macque, Alonso Mudarra, Anonymous, Adrian Willaert, Giovanni Domenico del Giovane da Nola, Séverin Cornet, Pietro Antonio Giramo, Francesco Lambardi, Diego Ortiz, Alessandro Piccinini, Lodovico Agostini

Label: EMI

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: 754191-2

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Gagliarda seconda Giovanni de Macque Composer
Tragicomedia
Tres libros de musica en Cifras para vihuela Tragicomedia
Alonso Mudarra Composer
Pavana d'España Anonymous Composer
Tragicomedia
Ave virgo sponsa Dei King's Singers
Adrian Willaert Composer
Chi la gagliarda Giovanni Domenico del Giovane da Nola Composer
King's Singers
Tragicomedia
Parmi di star Tragicomedia
King's Singers
Séverin Cornet Composer
O dolce vita mia Tragicomedia
Adrian Willaert Composer
Chi passa per 'sta strada Anonymous Composer
Tragicomedia
King's Singers
Corten espadas afiladas Anonymous Composer
Tragicomedia
King's Singers
Catalina, Catalina! Anonymous Composer
King's Singers
Tri ciechi siamo Giovanni Domenico del Giovane da Nola Composer
King's Singers
Festa, riso Tragicomedia
King's Singers
Pietro Antonio Giramo Composer
Toccata e gagliarda Francesco Lambardi Composer
Tragicomedia
Ricercada IV, La gamba Tragicomedia
Diego Ortiz Composer
O dolce vita mia Adrian Willaert Composer
King's Singers
Tragicomedia
Vecchie letrose non valete niente Tragicomedia
Adrian Willaert Composer
King's Singers
Colascione Tragicomedia
Alessandro Piccinini Composer
Qual dolcezza giamai Adrian Willaert Composer
King's Singers
Non t'aricordi Lodovico Agostini Composer
King's Singers
Tragicomedia
(L')Amanza mia Anonymous Composer
Tragicomedia
Simon Carrington
Renaissance Naples was a place where, in a pre-disco age—and when it may have been safer to walk its streets after dark than it now is—music played a vital role in la dolce vita. The scene is depicted in an artfully conceived montage of vocal and instrumental items, and since Naples was ruled on and off over a long period, some Spanish music finds a rightful place in the picture. In the vocal pieces The King's Singers meld beautifully, with flawless intonation and incisive diction, and zestfully in the jollier songs, as Nola's Chi la gagliarda and the anonymous Catalina, Catalina!, but without the raucous 'peasant' edge of Musica Reservata. Audible intakes of breath punctuate several items; Toscanini was wont to rehearse choirs in the art of standing up and sitting down pianissimo—would that someone might impart this kind of inspiration during recording sessions! Volatile swings of mood, such as befit a good Italian, traverse various aspects of the life of the city: love, lust, laughter and piety, and railing against gossip-mongers and ''thieving crones''. There is too the instrumental perfection and variety we have come to expect from Tragicomedia, never at a loss for a differently beguiling texture: instead of Kapsberger's now-familiar crackpot Colascione we have Piccinini's send-up of the same instrument, this time with added tambourine. Mudarra's Harp Fantasia comes in a new and charming guise, the vihuela joined by lirone and harp (Spanish, of course). Willaert's O dolce vita, the programme's signature tune, appears near the beginning as an instrumental piece, and later on in its vocal form. The standards of annotation and recording match those of the performances. I won't beat about the bush—just empty your piggy bank and pay your nearest dealer for a copy.'

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