Rore: Le Vergine

Cipriano de Rore: Le Vergine
Madrigaux à quatre voix
Hilliard Ensemble
Harmonia Mundi HMC 1107 [LP]
Harmonia Mundi HMC 90 1107 [CD]
Harmonia Mundi "Musique d'abord" HMA 190 1107 [CD]


    Le Vergine
  1. Stanza prima: Vergine bella
  2. Stanza seconda: Vergine saggia
  3. Stanza terza: Vergine pura
  4. Stanza quarta: Vergine santa
  5. Stanza quinta: Vergine sol'al mondo
  6. Stanza sesta: Vergine chiara
  7. Stanza septima: Vergine, quante lagrimae
  8. Stanza ottava: Vergine, tal e terra
  9. Stanza nona: Vergine, in cui ho
  10. Stanza decima: Vergine humana
  11. Stanza ultima: Il di s'apressa

  12. Madrigals à 4
  13. Musica dulci sono
  14. Anchor che col partire
  15. Crudele, acerba, inesorabil morte

Performers: Ashley Stafford (countertenor), Paul Elliott, Rogers Covey-Crump, Leigh Nixon (tenors); Paul Hillier (bass)

Playing time: 45'09

Recording date: 1982

[11], [23] Harmonia mundi HMX 290 8016 / 20 [CDx5] Musique de la Renaissance Music - L'Europe Musicale au XVe et XVIe siècles
[13] Harmonia mundi HMX 290 8171 [CD] A History of Music, vol. 9: Chansons, Madrigaux & Songs à la Renaissance (1500-1600) / Songs & Madrigals from the Renaissance - Chansons de la Renaissance / Songs of the Renaissance

Rore's famous settings of the Vergine poems of Petrarch which open his Terzo libro di madrigali a cinque voci (1548) are often considered his masterpiece.  While other composers as early as Dufay had written music for individual stanzas, Rore's remains the only setting of the complete cycle.  The three 4-voice madrigals presented in addition on this recording are among his most widely known pieces today, just as they were the most influential part of his output in the sixteenth century.

Another madrigal recording:

Rore: Il Quinto Libro di Madrigali (1568)
The Consort of Musicke - Anthony Rooley
Musica Oscura 70991

Other recordings of music by Rore:

Rore: Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Johannem
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 7994
Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem, etc.
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 929
Rore: Sacred & Secular Motets
Weser-Renaissance - Manfred Cordes
CPO 999 506

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Ted Dumitrescu