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The Italian Lute Song

The works on this program take in a century and a half of Italian solo song, from the beginning of the era of music printing in the late Renaissance through the musical revolution of the early Baroque. - Kevin Bazzan

If you don't know whether you'll enjoy Italian songs of the Renaissance era, this disc will convince you one way or the other--probably positively. Baird's dexterity and expressiveness bring the antique material to life, and her light voice is perfect for the music. McFarlane collaborates with vigor and personality, instead of accompanying from a respectful distance, and he even varies the program with some beautiful lute solos. Printed texts with literate translations also help bring the music closer to us, and the recording quality is superb. The only problem with the disc is that it's difficult to read the names of the composers and titles, which are printed in small type on a picture background. But if that's the worst problem, who cares? - Leslie Gerber


July 1, 1996


  1. Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius
  2. Se l'aura spira
  3. Cosi mi disprezzate
  4. Arie musicali per cantarsi, Book 1: Dunque dovro
  5. Bianco Fiore
  6. Fuggi, fuggi, fuggi
  7. Recercar
  8. Non e tempo d'aspectare
  9. In te Domine speravi per trovar pieta
  10. Ostinato vo' seguire
  11. Pavana chiamata la Milanesa
  12. Saltarello
  13. Saltarello chiamato Rose Viole
  14. Saltarello chiamato bel Fiore
  15. Tochata da sonare nel fine del ballo
  16. Maledetto sia l'aspetto
  17. Eri gia tutta mia
  18. Si dolce e'l tormento
  19. Bizzarria d'Amore
  20. Il Cesarino
  21. Bassa Delle Ninfe
  22. Pavaniglia alla Romana
  23. Il Brando Gentile
  24. Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella (My beautiful Amaryllis): Amarilli mia bella (My beautiful Amaryllis)
  25. O bella piĆ¹
  26. Dolcissimo sospiro
  27. Belle rose porporine
  28. Toccata No. 5
  29. Gagliarda No. 10
  30. Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Corrente No. 7
  31. Bonta del ciel eterna
  32. Pastor, levate su, chi vi ritarda il pie
  33. Apritevi inferni
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