RossoPorpora & Walter Testolin – Marenzio L’amoroso e crudo stile (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

RossoPorpora & Walter Testolin – Marenzio L’amoroso e crudo stile (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:18:13 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Arcana

Luca Marenzio was the most brilliant representative of the sublime art of the madrigal during the last twenty years of the sixteenth century. Whereas the style of his early works is light, fluid and transparent, in his maturity Marenzio’s language turned towards a more complex, introspective attitude that made him the most emblematic musical exponent of Late Renaissance melancholy. L’amoroso & crudo stile brings together some of Marenzio’s finest madrigals, aiming to reproduce the most intimate expressive facets of a music of extraordinary beauty and profound humanity. With the emotional intensity and deep respect for the poetic text that distinguishes the ensemble, RossoPorpora begins in this debut recording its personal exploration and celebration of the madrigal, the earliest and still unsurpassed representation of Italian musical identity.

Between 1580 and his death in 1599, Luca Marenzio would publish no fewer than 18 books of madrigals, for between four and six vocalists – some 500 masterpieces have survived to the present day, which is testimony to the furious evolution of Marenzio’s languages over the course of just a few years. As he went on, he would develop ever-darker atmospheres which grew increasingly tortured and chromatic, and only Gesualdo would pick up the torch of his harmonic searchings a few years later. The two final madrigals offered on this album from the Rossoporpora ensemble, taken from the Ninth and final Book of Madrigals for five voices in 1599, provide a striking example: no sooner does a sequence become clear than Marenzio destroys it with a dissonance, an ineffable disharmony, a perilous chromatism. The album’s title says it all: we really move from “amoroso” to “crudo” – from the amorous to the cruel – across 18 years of writing; with lyrics borrowed from love poetry or pastoral verse, Marenzio steers clear of any religious temptation; indeed he wrote relatively few religious works. In fact, his art resides in the most human aspect of music and song.

1. Come inanti de l’alba 05:19
2. Qual vive Salamandra 03:02
3. Dolorosi martir 04:50
4. Questa di verd’erbette 02:22
5. Occhi lucenti e belli 03:14
6. Scendi dal paradiso Venere 03:46
7. Due rose fresche 03:29
8. Non vidi mai dopo notturna pioggia 03:43
9. Zefiro torna e ‘l bel tempo rimena 06:12
10. Crudel, perché mi fuggi 03:08
11. Fuggito è ‘l sonno 04:19
12. O fere stelle 03:06
13. Senza il mio sole 06:28
14. Liquide perle 03:16
15. O verdi selve 03:43
16. Cruda Amarilli 06:37
17. Solo e pensoso 07:32
18. Crudele, acerba, inexorabil morte 04:07