Magazine article Gramophone

'Leonardo Da Vinci'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Leonardo Da Vinci'

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'Leonardo da Vinci' 'La musique secrete' Anonymous Basse danse 'Venus'. Fortuna desperata. Lucrecia pulchra (Mona Lisa pulchra). Per sonetti. Poi che t'hebbi nel core Cara Ave Maria--a 4; a 5. Gli pur gionto el giorno. Tante volte si si si. Vergine immaculata Caron Tanto I'afano (Le despourvu infortune) Domenico da Piacenza Bel fiore Hayne van Ghizeghem De tous biens playne Isaac Fortuna desperata/Sancte Petre, ora pro nobis Johannes de la Fage Elizabeth Zachariae Josquin Planxit autem David Lhgritier Ave Maria matris Dei Obrecht Missa Fortuna desperata--Agnus Dei Patavino Donne, venete al ballo Pesenti L'acqua vale al mio gran foco Petrus Ave Maria Pinarol Poi che t'hebbi nel core Spinacino Recercare Trombocino Non val'acqua Doulce Memoire / Denis Raisin Dadre Alpha (F) ALPHA456 (78' * DDD * T/t)

This new album and book from Renaissance specialists Doulce Memoire marks 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). More than a thoughtful programme of music from half a millennium ago, this personal journey through the Louvre's Leonardo collection is the brainchild of director Denis Raisin Dadre, who has matched paintings to exact musical contemporaries. Sparked by careful research and fruitful obsessions, the resulting performances--recorded in front of large reproductions of each artwork--are deliciously atmospheric.

The matchmaking process itself is fascinating. For example, Leonardo was praised for his abilities on the lira da braccio, larger and flatter-bridged than the fiddle and boasting two drone strings. …

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