Rore madrigals Book 5

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


  1. Mentre, lumi maggior
  2. Da le belle contrade d'oriente
  3. Se com'il biondo crin de la mia Filli
  4. Vaghi pensieri
  5. Alma Susanna
  6. Qualhor rivolgo
    2nd part: Ma pur in te sperar
  7. Non è, lasso, martire (Fortunio Spira)
  8. Amor, che t'ho fatt'io
  9. Fera gentil
    2nd part: Perchè si stretto è il nodo
  10. O santo fior felice
  11. O vio che sotto l'amorose insegne
    2nd part: Si dirà poi ciascun (Giovanni Guidiccioni)
  12. Alma real, se come fida stella
  13. Convien ch'ovunque sia (Ariosto)
  14. Da l'estrem'orizonte

Performers: Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb, Mary Nichols, Andrew King, Paul Agnew, Alan Ewing

Playing time: 56'

Recording date: March 1991

Cipriano de Rore (c.1515-1565) was a Flemish composer who spent most of his life in Italy. He was one of the primary composers to develop the Renaissance madrigal. The present collection is a posthumous publication of five-part madrigals, as opposed to the four-part compositions for which Rore was known during his life.

Of all recordings of mid-16th century madrigals, this is probably the most significant. It is also expensive and difficult to find. So, these aspects must be balanced....

Another madrigal recording:

Rore: Le Vergine
Hilliard Ensemble - Paul Hillier
Harmonia Mundi (musique d'abord) 1901107

A broader program:

Dangerous Graces
Music by Cipriano de Rore and his pupils
Musica Secreta
Linn 169

Sacred music by de 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

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