Antonio Zachara da Teramo

Zachara
Cantore dell'antipapa, XV secolo
Sine Nomine
Quadrivium 027

Contents:

  1. Credo (3 voices, bombarde, slide trumpet, vielle)
  2. Dime, Fortuna (2 voices)
  3. Rosetta che non cangi mai colore (shawm, slide trumpet, percussion)
  4. Cacciando per gustar / Ai cenci! Ai toppi! (3 voices, vielle)
  5. Movit'a pietade (voice, lute)
  6. Ciaramella me' dolze (pipe & tabor, shawm, slide trumpet, drum)
  7. Ferito gia' d'un amoroso dardo (2 voices)
  8. Deus deorum Pluto (2 voices, vielle)
  9. Movit'a pietade (double flute)
  10. E ardo in un fuogo (2 voices, 2 vielles)
  11. Je suis navrés / De quoy? / Gnaff'a le guagnele (3 voices, 2 vielles)
  12. Un fior gentile (lute, vielle)
  13. Plorans ploravi perché la Fortuna (2 voices)
  14. Ciaramella, mè dolze (3 voices, bombarde, slide trumpet, fiddle, percussion)

Performers: Alessandra Fiori (voice), Gloria Moretti (voice), Stefano Pilati (voice, percussion), Decio Biavati (voice), Marco Ferrari (double flute, recorder, bombarde, shawm), Bettina Hoffmann (vielle), Fabio Tricomi (vielle, lute, pipe & tabor), Pier G. Callegari (slide trumpet)

Playing time: 65'

Recording date: August 1992 (Perugia)

Antonio Zachara da Teramo (fl.c.1390-c.1415) was apparently a slightly older contemporary of Ciconia. The two had some similarities of style, and apparently a professional relationship. It is surmised that some of the elaborate Subtilior songs attributed to "Magister Zacharias" are by this composer. He served the Vatican anti-popes during the period of the Babylonian Captivity.

A later recording by a similar ensemble:

Un Fior Gentile
L'ars nova di Magister Antonio Zachara da Teramo
Ensemble Micrologus
Micrologus Edizioni Discografiche

And another devoted to this composer:

Spinato intorno al Cor
Currentes - Jostein Gundersen
Lawo Classics 1026

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Todd M. McComb