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I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories (2024)

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I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories (2024)

I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 233 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:00:10
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Coro

In the late 16th century when vocal polyphony was developing into the excesses of the late Italian madrigal and the powerplay of multi-choir writing in Venice, Victoria, in Rome, chose to write his 18 Tenebrae settings with the simplest texture imaginable: four voices with internal sections for just two or three parts. These perfect miniatures force the question: how can so little mean so much? Victoria’s austere yet profoundly moving setting of the Responsories for the services of Tenebrae (shadows) is one of the great classics of Renaissance music. In this new recording sung by solo voices it is restored to the low pitch and voicing intended by the composer. These perfect miniatures are interspersed with nine of Christopher Reid’s heart-rending poems from his 2009 collection and Costa Book of the Year winner, ‘A Scattering’, a moving collection on the dying and death of his wife.

I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Benevoli: Missa Tu es Petrus (2023)

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I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Benevoli: Missa Tu es Petrus (2023)

I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Benevoli: Missa Tu es Petrus (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 258 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:41
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: CORO

"The 17th century is surely the most interesting musical period to go rooting around in. While the 16th and 18th centuries are generally more stylistically uniform, in the mid-17th century you never know what you’re going to find. Yet digging up another ‘undiscovered masterpiece’ does require quality control. Some music is better left in libraries, falling out of use with good reason; Orazio Benevoli’s Missa Tu es Petrus mass is quite spectacularly not one of those pieces. At the recording sessions, the performers were amazed by its bravura, its invention and drama – and its very significant demands on them! This was also true of the motets by Benevoli’s Roman contemporary, Bonifazio Graziani. These miniatures go further than Monteverdi in some ways but have a similar intensity. We hope you enjoy discovering them."

I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Alessandro Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts (Remastered) (2023)

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I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Alessandro Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts (Remastered) (2023)

I Fagiolini & Robert Hollingworth - Alessandro Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts (Remastered) (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 305 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 158 Mb | 01:08:53
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Coro

I Fagiolini’s re-discovery and recording of Striggio’s longlost Mass in 40/60 Parts was ground-breaking when it was released in 2011. The premiere recording won awards around the world including the Gramophone Early Music Award and a Diapason d’Or de l’Année in France and remains a trailblazing account of this Renaissance epic. It is complemented on this album by Tallis’s Spem in alium which it is said to have inspired. The Gramophone citation particularly mentioned the new lustre brought to the piece by instrumental involvement and the clarity brought to the detail by the use of viols, cornetts, sackbuts, dulcians and more. Eight further works by Striggio are also included, each of them premiere recordings in 2011.

I Fagiolini - John Wilbye: Draw On Sweet Night (2022)

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I Fagiolini - John Wilbye: Draw On Sweet Night (2022)

I Fagiolini - John Wilbye: Draw On Sweet Night (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 313 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 174 Mb | 01:15:46
Classical, Choral | Label: CORO

To welcome the spring, British ensemble I Fagiolini puts aside it's beloved Monteverdi to uncover it's own national heritage: the best of John Wilbye's classic Golden Age madrigals. Whilst his oeuvre may have been small (just 75 works that we know of and most just a couple of minutes long), time and again, in these exquisite cameos, Wilbye delivers what might be reckoned the ultimate madrigal experience. The plangent dissonance of 'Draw on, sweet night' and 'Weep, weep, mine eyes' perfectly evoke English melancholy, while 'Sweet honey-sucking bees' and 'Adieu, sweet Amaryllis' are such sheer pleasure to sing that many listeners will scrabble to unearth old scores. This album is, in a nutshell, 75 minutes of madrigalian bliss! Rediscover or enjoy anew this central part of English choral culture, strangely out of fashion for so long, sung by a group that has matured into the repertoire like a good wine.

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Andrea Gabrieli: The Madrigal in Venice: Politics, Dialogues and Pastorales (2003)

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Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Andrea Gabrieli: The Madrigal in Venice: Politics, Dialogues and Pastorales (2003)

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Andrea Gabrieli: The Madrigal in Venice: Politics, Dialogues and Pastorales (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 77:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 0697 | Recorded: 2002

Andrea Gabrieli has always been something of a textbook composer, whose reputation falls under the shadow of his more famous nephew, Giovanni, the composer par excellence of the grand Venetian polychoral manner. Though Andrea's music may not plumb the depths of Giovanni's best pieces, his compositional range displays a versatility that the writing of his more considered relation surely lacks. Whereas Giovanni concentrated on liturgical composition, Andrea explored the gamut of contemporary styles and forms, from madrigals and lighter secular writing to dialect texts, church music, instrumental works, experimental theatre-pieces and music for Venetian festivities.

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible (2019)

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Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible (2019)

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible: Josquin, Victoria, Tallis, Monteverdi, Bach, Daniel-Lesur, Williams (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 71:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CORO | COR16171 | Recorded: 2018

Painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, pioneer of flight, anatomist, scientist - yet according to Vasari, Leonardo’s first job outside Florence was as a musician. “Music cannot be regarded other than as the sister of painting', said Leonardo, so for the 500th anniversary of his death in 2019, I Fagiolini and Martin Kemp offer reflections of his images in vocal music: aural Fantasia dei Vinci - art through the prism of music.