I Tatti Madrigals

Gavin Bryars

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Classical, Choral
GB Records
June 10, 2016

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A major addition to Gavin Bryars' extensive vocal works, the 'I Tatti Madrigals' are performed by the outstanding German early music vocal group Singer Pur.

This, his Fifth Book of Madrigals, was a special collaboration with the Villa I Tatti - the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies which lies amidst the enchanting oak and cypress-clad hills above Florence - for Gavin Bryars to write a series of madrigals using Renaissance Italian texts by Petrarch, Bronzino, Battiferri and Michelangelo il Giovane.

The beauty of the poetry is clearly reflected in Bryars' music: perhaps because, in these madrigals, the music is always at the service of the text. Bryars' pieces are full of the word painting to be found in the late madrigals of such composers as Marenzio, Monteverdi, Pallavicino and Gesualdo: accented passing dissonances, chromatic changes and extreme contrast of register for expressive effect, rising sequences in syncopation, they are all there. But they are all made his own, through his unmistakeable, idiosyncratic voice.

This undertaking originally began with a commission to celebrate the munificent patrons of the Villa I Tatti's Music Library, but soon developed into a larger project, with commissions in memory of other members of the community, and for specific occasions. They were composed for the most part for the renowned vocal ensemble Singer Pur, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017.

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Catalogue number BCGBCD26
Barcode 5052442009092
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 145mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Cantai, Or Piango 03:32
2. I' Piansi, Or Canto 04:09
3. L'Aura Vostr'alma 03:05
4. Bronzino In Ciel L'alma Beata Luce 02:43
5. Sonnet 48 Qual Per L'onde Turbate 08:23
6. Sonnet 53 Fra Questa Piagge 03:35
7. Sonnet 54 Ergitti Infin 03:10
8. Sonnet 55 Temprato Aer Sereno 02:50
9. Sonnet 76 Mentre Sopolto 03:34
10. Sonnet 77 Riposta 02:48
11. Chi Punto Ha 'l Core 03:00
12. A Qualunque Animale 11:09