Magazine article Gramophone

Zamboni: 'Madrigali E Sonate'

Magazine article Gramophone

Zamboni: 'Madrigali E Sonate'

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Zamboni 'Madrigali eSonate' Ah, dolente partita. Chi vuol aver felice. Cor mio, tu ti nascondi. Feritevi, ferite. M'arde felice. O come e gran martire. 0 come sei gentile. O memorie funeste. Pargoletta e colei. Se la doglia e'l martire. Splende la fredda luna. Tu parti, ahi lasso. Udite amanti, udite. Udite lagrimosi spirti. Vago bell'idol mio. Ceccona. Sonatas--No 8; No 9; No 10 Ensemble Faenza / Marco Horvat theo/archlute Agogique [F] AG0021 (68' * DDD * T/t)

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Theorbist Marco Horvat and his Ensemble Faenza turn their collective microscope on the obscure mid-18th-century musician Giovanni Zamboni. Possibly Roman in origin, a virtuoso player of various kinds of lutes and apparently also a jeweller, he was employed as a double bass player at Pisa Cathedral. Two cycles of four-voice madrigals dating from about 1755 survive in manuscripts; one copy now in Copenhagen was dedicated effusively to Cardinal Henry Stuart, the Duke of York and brother of Bonnie Prince Charlie, whereas another manuscript now in Bologna's Museo della Musica was sent in 1762 to Padre Martini in the hope that it might enlist the renowned contrapuntist's support for a publication. …

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