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Songs from the courts of Renaissance Italy
Ulrike Hofbauer (soprano)
The Modena Consort
The frottola was the predominant Italian secular song of the late 15th and early 16th-centuries and the most important and widespread predecessor of the madrigal. The simplicity of the melodic line, usually entrusted to a soprano part and the relatively few contrapuntal lines of the other parts made this repertory for solo voices and lute a popular pastime. Due to improvements in the printing process, more than two dozen books of frottole appeared in print between 1504 and 1531, courtesy of Petrucci and his contemporaries, which contributed to this diffusion and influence. This recording showcases a variety of composers and poets, moods and instrumental combinations. In addition to frottole, we hear instrumental music and dances interspersed. The Modena Consort is one of the few ensembles to perform Renaissance polyphony on contemporary transverse flutes. The group was founded in 1998 in The Hague, and consists of soprano Ulrike Hofbauer, a four-part flute consort and a lute player. The consort has performed in various venues and festivals in Holland, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Hofbauer has been a frequent collaborator with L’arpeggiata & Cristina Pluhar.
“A superlatively fine disc...beautifully recorded and the Modena Consort's collaborators...are perfectly chosen. Even in tracks without Santos' subtle percussion, the rhythmic impetus is never lost in the flautists' enjoyment of their delicious sound...Intonation is impeccable throughout.” Classical Music, 25th February 2012 *****
“they have skill, precision and a delicious warmth of colour: this is controlled and professional playing...Still, for me the real importance of the disc is in the unimaginably gentle way Ulrike Hofbauer approaches the lovely and underrated repertory of the Italian frottola: with generally slow tempi, she brings out more of the pathos and intimacy of the music than is often heard.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011
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E8604 Baldassar Castiglione - Il libro del Cortegiano, Venezia, 1528
E8626 Lorenzo il Magnifico - Trionfo di Bacco
E8878 Cristobal de Morales - ca. 1500 - 1553 Office des Ténèbres
E8847 Le Siècle du Titien
E8648 Viva Napoli
E8883 Léonard de Vinci - L’harmonie du monde
Doulce Mémoire has been one of the leading ensembles in the Renaissance and Early music fields.They record for Naïve, K 617 and Zig Zag territories. Its recordings have received many awards and distinctions, including Diapason Record of the Year and maximum ratings from Le Monde de la Musique and Télérama.
This set gathers their recordings on Naïve, dedicated to Italian music at the time of the Renaissance, from Naples to the Vatican.
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