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Gérard Lesne, Nancy Hadden, Circa 1500 - O Lusitano: Portuguese vilancetes, cantigas and romances (1992)

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Gérard Lesne, Nancy Hadden, Circa 1500  - O Lusitano: Portuguese vilancetes, cantigas and romances (1992)

Gérard Lesne, Nancy Hadden, Circa 1500 - O Lusitano: Portuguese vilancetes, cantigas and romances (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 64:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0777 7590712 4 | Recorded: 1989

This performance can be labeled Portuguese only loosely, since many of the pieces are sung in Spanish, or taken from Spanish manuscripts, or more properly Galician than Lusitanian. But hey! Who cares? Really artful recordings of any Iberian music of the 'Golden Age' are not sprouting from the cork trees even today. Male alto Gerard Lesne has seldom recorded pre-Baroque chansons, and it's a thrill to hear what he can do with them. Track 9, for instance, the Latin cantiga "Clamabat autem mulier" by Mudarra, takes Lesne from his usual alto register down seamlessly into his tenor chest voice. Wow! Not every counter-tenor can do that and still sound musical!