Performers: Roberta Giua (soprano), Claudia Gramaglia (soprano), Maria Grazia Liguori (soprano), Stefano Albarello (countertenor), Alessandro Carmignani (countertenor), Gianluigi Ghiringhelli (countertenor), Vincenzo Di Donato (alto), Fabio Furnari (alto), Nino Marini (alto), Gianluca Ferrarini (tenor), Paolo Ventura (tenor), Matteo Zenatti (tenor), Renato Baldassini (bass), Enrico Bava (bass), Riccardo Bertalmio (bass), Marcello Vargetto (bass)
Playing time: 54'
Recording date: December 1995
The Staffarda Codex is housed in Turin, having come from a small monastic town in the Piedmont. In fact, this series on Opus 111 is intended to illustrate musical styles in the Piedmont. The earliest layer of works dates to the mid-15th century, with the present pieces apparently from the early 16th.
Brumel is, of course, quite famous, and this is another mass setting on a chanson of Josquin. Nothing is known of Engarandus Juvenis, beyond his appearance in this Codex, but it is suspected he came from Picardy.
A recording devoted to a later composer, Giovan Battista Fergusio (fl.1612):
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