Performers: Catherine King (mezzo-soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Jacob Heringman (lute), Brian Shelley (tenor), Robert Macdonald (bass)
Playing time: 70'
Recording date: February, 2000 (Toddington)
Philippe Verdelot (c.1485-c.1550) was born in France with the surname Deslouges. He served in Florence from 1521-1527, forming the only concrete evidence of his existence. His madrigals, however, consisting of more than 100 appearing in various publications, form perhaps the most important early Renaissance output and the one on which the future development of the form was most clearly based. Verdelot is typical of composers of the period in moving from the Northern countries to Italy for employment. It was in subsequent generations that native Italian composers began to make their own mark in these genres.
A recording devoted to Verdelot's important contemporary Jacobus Arcadelt (c.1505-1568), another Northern composer who moved to Italy and was a pioneer of the Renaissance madrigal genre:
A recording devoted to important early madrigal composer Cipriano de Rore (c.1515-1565), marking an important transitional point in the emotional development and word painting for which the madrigal became known:
An intabulation of Verdelot madrigals as set by another composer for simpler ensemble:
It has recently been suggested that the composer of these transcriptions may not actually have been Willaert, although they were certainly based on Verdelot's polyphonic songs.
A recording devoted to sacred music by Verdelot:
A similar recording of later music by the present performers:
Finally, a couple of other recordings featuring significant related music from Italy in this era:
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