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A Musicall Banquet. Musique vocale et instrumentale de la Renaissance. Zúniga.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 00:48:22

Recording : 01/01/2018
Location : Viterbo
Country : Italie
Sound : Stereo

Label : Brilliant
Catalog No. : BRIL96241
EAN : 5028421962412
Price Code : DM009A

Publishing Year : 2021
Release Date : 07/04/2021

Genre : Classical
Anthony Holborne (?1547-1602)
"My heavy sprite"

Diego Ortiz (?1510-?1570)
Recercada segunda
Recercada octava

John Dowland (1562-1626)
"Lady, if you so spite me"
Lachrimae Pavan
"In darkness let me dwell"

Domenico Maria Melli (1572-?1633)
"Se di farni morire"

Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)
"Amarilli mia bella"
"Dovro dunque morire"

Anonyme (17e siècle)
"Go, my flock, go get you hence"
"Ce penser qui sans fin tirannise ma vie"
"Pasaba, Amor, su arco desarmado"
"Johnny cock thy Beaver"
"O bella più che la stella Diana"
"Paul's steeple"
"Vuestros ojos tienen d'amor no sé qué"

Ensemble A Musicall Banquet
Rebeca Ferri, flûte, viole de gambe, violoncelle baroque
Francesco Tomasi, guitare espagnole, luth
Massimiliano Dragoni, percussion
Baltazar Zuniga, voix, direction

In 1610, the lutenist Robert Dowland, who had just turned 19, published two anthologies in quick succession that are today considered vital for our understanding of both the lute and Elizabethan vocal music. The first, A Varietie of Lute Lessons, which as the title suggests features lessons but also a long essay on European lute production, contains important information on lute performance, in part originating from his esteemed father, John Dowland. It is not far-fetched to imagine that Robert’s father also had a part to play in the second book, A Musicall Banquet – John had returned from the Danish court some time previously and is represented by several pieces in the anthology. Adhering to the culinary metaphor of the collection’s title, this Banquet comprises ‘recipes’ from different countries with different levels of technical difficulty, and is made up of ‘dishes’ already taste-tested so as not to poison ‘diners’, in other words, established pieces that were nonetheless as yet unknown to the English public. The idea of offering foreign repertoire, Italian works in particular, was not new to England, where the publication in 1588 of the anthology Musica Transalpina featuring Italian madrigals (albeit translated into English) by Luca Marenzio and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina had already won over enthusiasts to the madrigal as an alternative to a more typically Elizabethan creation, the song. The release of A Musicall Banquet in 1610 therefore bears witness to a trend of increased interest in new experiences from the other side of the English Channel. Nevertheless, Robert opens his anthology with a large selection of English songs, taken from what was by that point a well-established repertoire: at the time Banquet was published, an impressive 24 books of songs had already been printed, beginning with John Dowland’s First Booke of Songes or Ayres, published in 1797. The next group of pieces in the collection belong to a genre that could be considered the most similar to the English song, the French air de cour, in the sense that the latter, at least in its most ancient form, influenced the development of the former. The air de cour for voice and lute, a typical form of musical expression at the court of Louis XIII, was enjoying enormous success thanks to the scores Robert Ballard began publishing in 1608. Robert Dowland draws on these for his musical banquet, copying both the music and the lute tablature note-for-note, adding only the instrumental bass line, in line with English tradition. The selection of Italian pieces is the most significant part of the collection, particularly because it once again shows Dowland’s willingness to embrace the expressive techniques of seconda pratica, albeit still filtered through the structure of the English song, particularly regarding the creation of the basso continuo. In Italian compositional practice the addition of harmony, or the ‘middle parts’, was left to the performer, who could adapt it to their instrument (theorbo, keyboard, harp etc.) and their ability; in A Musicall Banquet, however, there is still an arrangement for lute tablature that both reveals England’s reluctance to adhere to Italian practice and gives us invaluable insight into how Dowland (senior?) intended the basso continuo to be played.

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