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Wordplay - Instrumental versions of madrigals and chansons from 16th century Italy

Wordplay - Instrumental versions  of madrigals and chansons from 16th century Italy
ID: SIGCD031
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Renaissance
Subcollection: Historical Instruments

Words were more important than music in the Italian 16th century and song was therefore a higher art form than instrumental music. Composers such as Cipriano da Rore who observed the natural speech rhythms were afforded the highest accolades.

Wordplay presents a collection of highly decorated vocal music in purely instrumental performance. The disc explores the role of the soloist in a period of music which has come to be defined by consort playing. In the two centuries that this repertoire covers the borrowing and reworking of the music of earlier composers was regarded as creative, original and even as an act of respect or homage.

The disc is structured around instrumental divisions on five famous songs of 16th century and one bass-dance tenor. The divisions are for recorder, bass viol or lute. In total 17 different instruments are used including three types of recorder, three types of lute, seven sizes of viol, and a chamber organ. All are precise copies of early Italian instruments including wide-bore recorders and sound-postless viols.

Central to Wordplay are the writings of Slyvestro Ganassi, a recorder and viol player in early 16th century Venice. In La Fontegara (1535) and Regola Rubertina (1545) Ganassi defines the aim of the instrumentalist as being to imitate a good singer, and describes two distinct ways of doing so.

The first is naturalistic - how to replicate the singer's tonal and dynamic variety exactly (on the recorder with varied breath pressure and alternative fingerings, on the viol with bow and finger vibrato etc).

The second involves study of the text and using trills (from suave quarter-tones to vivace wide major thirds) and elaborate divisions (with notated syncopations and rubato) to express the sense of particular words and emotions. Fifty years later, Dalla Casa, Bassano and Rognoni have developed a more idiomatic instrumental style and have more polished and formulaic passaggi.

All the pieces - though instrumentalists - use exclusively vocal originals, and all would pay more than lip service to Giovanni Bardi's precept: "Words are the soul, music but the body"

WordPlay is one of the first recordings made in York's newly opened National Centre for Early Music in the church of St Margaret, Walmgate.

Musica Antiqua is one of England's most celebrated early music ensembles and they have triumphed here with their third disc for Signum Records!
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Music for Philip of Spain - and his four wives

Music for Philip of Spain - and his four wives
ID: SIGCD006
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Renaissance
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Signum is delighted to announce the debut disc of Charivari Agréable on Signum Records.
Music for Philip of Spain and His Four Wives is complementary to SIGCD004 and presents secular music associated with Philip II from the four European countries of his wives - Portugal, England, Austria and France.
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Thomas Tallis - The Complete Works - Vol. 4 - Music for the Divine Office - 1

Thomas Tallis - The Complete Works - Vol. 4 - Music for the Divine Office - 1
ID: SIGCD010
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Renaissance

This disc is the fourth in a series of nine covering the complete works of Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585). Not for nothing is Tallis known as the "father of church music" - with his colleagues at the Chapel Royal he created most of the church music genres that we take for granted today.

Volumes 4 and 5 both focus on music written for the office hours - the daily services found mainly in the monasteries that eventually suffered at the hands of Henry VIII’s dissolution. Here we have a selection of hymns and Responds from the Henrician and Marian periods, each matched with their accompanying plainchant taken from contemporary sources.
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Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works - Volume 6 - Music for a Reformed Church

Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works - Volume 6 - Music for a Reformed Church
ID: SIGCD022
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Renaissance

Chapelle du Roi devote this latest volume to music which was composed by Tallis for use during the reformed services announced in The booke of the common prayer which came into effect on Whitsunday (9th June) 1549. Tallis’s music, together with the associated intonations and Collects (for Easter Day at Mattins and for Christmas Eve), is presented for this recording in the normal liturgical sequence for the day; Mattins, Holy Communion, and Evensong. The recording concludes with Tallis’ nine psalm-tune harmonisations which he contributed to Archbishop Matthew Parker’s Psalter, published in 1567.

Chapelle du Roi give an inspired and historically informed performance of the sacred renaissance repertoire for which they are celebrated.
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Music for Philip of Spain - Jean Richafort: Missa Pro defunctis

Music for Philip of Spain - Jean Richafort: Missa Pro defunctis
ID: SIGCD005
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Choral Collection

Phillip II of Spain died at first light on Sunday 13th September, 1598. In this anniversary year we commemorate the death of this most catholic king with music associated with him during his lifetime, and with the sumptuous six part Requiem mass of Jean Richafort that may well have been used at his obsequiries

The programme begins with a motet written by Gombert for the birth of Philip; other motets include one of Infantas' finest works Domine Ostende, and within the context of the mass is included the celebrated Versa est in luctum by Lobo.
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Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works - Vol. 3 - Music for Queen Mary

Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works - Vol. 3 - Music for Queen Mary
ID: SIGCD003
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Renaissance

This disc is the third in a series of nine covering the complete works of Thomas Tallis. Not for nothing is Tallis known as the "father of church music" - with his colleagues at the Chapel Royal he created most of the church music genres that we take for granted today.

In chronological terms Volume 3 follows on quickly from the Edwardine music of volume 2 with repertoire written for the Marian reversion to Catholicism in 1553. Here we meet Tallis the composer of music for the old English liturgy in both a modern “continental” style and a self-consciously old fashioned English style.

The music includes the extraordinary seven part mass Puer natus est nobis of 1554 and the similarly-scored motet Suscipe Quaeso. A speculative reconstruction Beati immaculati opens the disc and it concludes with the monumental six part votive antiphon Gaude Gloriosa.
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LUCREZIA..... La figlia del papa Borgia 1480-1519

LUCREZIA..... La figlia del papa Borgia 1480-1519
ID: CDM0025-13-1
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Renaissance
Subcollection: Voice and Harp

Patrizia Bovi - voce, arpa, direzione
Crawford Young - liuto, viola da mano
Leah Stuttard - arpa
Gabriele Miracle - dulcimelos, percussioni
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The Triumphs of Maximilian - Songs and Instrumental Music-Musica Antiqua of London

The Triumphs of Maximilian - Songs and Instrumental Music-Musica Antiqua of London
ID: SIGCD004
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental

The Triumphs of Maximillian contains songs and instrumental music associated with the German court of Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian the first.

The early sixteenth century produced European music of great power and innovation. Tthe best players and composers were increasingly mobile, and were aggressively 'head-hunted' from court to court. Nowhere was the resulting mix of styles and influences more clearly illustrated than at the German court of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian the First. Old and new, polyphony and homophony, national and international, all blend together to produce a repertoire of great variety and richness. In music, as in the visual arts,

Maximilian was a patron of unusual discrimination: the volumes of woodcuts by Dürer and Burgmair, commissioned to ensure that the Emperor's fame outlived his reign, pay tribute to his artistic judgement, whilst the music of Isaac and Senfl, both in his employ, is in itself a great monument to him.
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Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works - Vol. 2 - Music at the Reformation

Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works - Vol. 2 - Music at the Reformation
ID: SIGCD002
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Choral Collection

This disc is the second in a series of nine covering the complete works of Thomas Tallis.
As the 1540s developed, the Reformation began to take hold and the style of music required from composers such as Tallis altered radically. The large-scale melismatic votive antiphons (for example those on disc 1) were no longer required; the emphasis moved away from Marian devotion to a more syllabic and compact style and, eventually, to settings of English rather than Latin texts. Disc two traces this development from the Jesus antiphon Sancte Deus, to the mass for four voices, the three early English anthems including If ye love me, the Te Deum for meanes and the Elizabethan Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.
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Behold, how joyful! - Music by Clemens non Papa

Behold, how joyful! - Music by Clemens non Papa
ID: SIGCD045
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Renaissance
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Signum Records are pleased to present a debut recording by the Brabant Ensemble, an Oxford-based ensemble with a strong reputation for sympathetic performance of early sacred music, focussing on the repertoire of the 16th century.

Like many of even the most prolific and celebrated composers of the sixteenth century, Jacobus Clemens non Papa (‘not the Pope’) has offered the history books little factual material with which to work. In contrast to the paucity of biographical material, however, many sources of Clemens' music survive. Indeed, he is one of the most widely published musicians of the entire century with fifteen Masses, over two hundred motets, many Dutch psalms and French chansons to his name.

This disc features the Mass Ecce quam bonum, which is based on Clemen’s own motet setting of Psalm 133, ‘Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is: brethren, to dwell together in unity!’

Apart from that on which the Mass setting is modelled, all of the motets on this disc are in five parts, although their textures are varied. Pascha nostrum sets the text of the Easter Anthem. The Song of Song’s motet Veni electa mea is highly characteristic of mid-sixteenth century spirituality, with the eroticism of the Song of Songs harnessed to provide a metaphor for the Church as bride of Christ. Accesserunt ad Jesum introduces Jesus’s admonition to the Pharisees concerning the estate of marriage. In Job tonso capite, a highly emotive narration of Job accepting his many trials, Clemen’s delivers an immediate approach to word-painting.

The final piece on this disc, Carole, Magnus eras is a secular work: a state motet addressed to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and his son, Philip II of Spain. Since the text celebrates the achievements of the Emperor but promises even greater things under his son, it was probably composed at the time of Philip’s investiture as Regent of the Low Countries in 1549.
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