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'Il Cor Tristo'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Il Cor Tristo'

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'Il cor tristo'

Arcadelt Solo e pensoso. L'aer gravato. Tutt'il di piango Marsh II cor tristo Pisano Or vedi, Amor. Nova angeletta. Chiare, fresche, e dolci acque. Si e debile il filo. Ne la stagion. Che debb'io far?

Hilliard Ensemble

ECM New Series (F) 481 0637 (53' * DDD)

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This disc intersperses Renaissance madrigals by Bernardo Pisano and Jacques Arcadelt with the three sections of Roger Marsh's Il cor tristo, written in 2008. Pisano and Arcadelt set Petrarch, while Marsh sets Dante. Though he was one of the very first composers of madrigals, and the first to have a publication devoted exclusively to his work, Pisano's works appear infrequently on concert programmes these days, probably even less than Arcadelt's. The style of both is very sober when compared to that of later madrigalists, and dividing them into groups of three in this way avoids any impression of sameness.

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It also provides an excellent 'frame' for Roger Marsh's very colourful setting of Ugolino's monologue from Canto 33 of Dante's Inferno. …

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