Landini - Fior di Dolceça

Landini - Fior di Dolceça
L'Ars nova di Magister Franciscus Cecus Orghanista de Florentia
Zig-Zag Territories ZZT 050603 [CD]


    Francesco Landini
  1. Madrigal (a 3): Musica son
  2. Ballata (a 3): Che pena è quest'al cor (instr.)
  3. Caccia (a 3): Chosi pensoso
  4. Ballata (a 3): Cara mie donna
  5. Ballata (a 2): Vaga fanciulla (instr.)
  6. Ballata (a 3): L'alma mia piange
  7. Ballata (a 2): Per allegrezza
  8. Ballata (a 3): O fanciulla giulia
  9. Ballata (a 3): Che pena è quest'al cor
  10. Ballata (a 3): Questa fanciull'amor
  11. Ballata (a 2): Non creder donna
  12. Ballata (a 3): Orsù, gentili spiriti
  13. Ballata (a 3): Non avrà ma' pietà (instr.)
  14. Virelai (a 3): Adiu, adiu, dous dame

Playing time: 57' 41"

Patrizia Bovi (superius, gothic harp), Adolfo Broegg (lute, chitarrino), Goffredo Degli Esposti (tenor portative organ), Gabriele Russo (rebec, ribecona, viol, lute), Alessandra Fiori (superius), Ulrich Pfeiffer (counter-tenor), Alessandro Quarta (tenor), Mauro Borgioni (tenor), Guillermo Perez (portative organetto (Superius)), Simone Sorini (counter-tenor).

Recording site and date:
Chiesa di Santa Maria in Arce, San Gregorio, Assisi, Italy [04/2001, 11/2004];
Rel.: 2005

Reviewed in:
Diapason (#-p.): 527-85 (july/august 2005)
Early Music America (Vol./#-p.):
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.):
Goldberg (#-p.):
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.):

Information from CD.

Pierre-F. Roberge

Landini is certainly the emblematic composer of his generation in England, with an extensive catalog and a rich melodic richness to his work in the 2- and 3-part styles. Landini can be seen alternately as a peak of the Italian medieval style, or as a transitional figure between the earliest layer of Ars Nova repertory and the later Ars Subtilior style.

Of the recordings devoted explicitly to Landini, this is one of a handful which does not also include other material. Some other dedicated recordings:

The Second Circle
Love Songs of Francesco Landini
Anonymous 4
Harmonia Mundi USA 907269
Music of the Fourteenth Century, Vol. 3
I am Music - Works by Francesco Landini
Ensemble of the Fourteenth Century - John Griffiths & John Stinson
Move 3093

Some other worthwhile items explicitly naming Landini:

Landini E I Suoi Contemporanei
Firenze Secolo XIV
Opus 111 30-112
Francesco Landini and Italian Ars Nova
Alla Francesca
Opus 111 60-9206
Landini: Ballate
Camerata Nova / Ensemble Chominciamento di Gioia - Luigi Taglioni
Tactus 321201
Francesco Landini & his time
14th Century Italian Ars Nova
Ensemble Alba Musica Kyo
Channel Classics 5793
Landini: Cara mie donna
Musica Humana 1063

Finally some other surveys of the later end of the Ars Nova repertory:

Sotto l'imperio del possente prince
Hommage Music of the 14th and 15th Century
Ensemble Perlaro - Lorenza Donadini
Pan Classics 10221
Ballate e Madrigali
At the Court of Paolo Guinigi (sec. XV)
Ensemble Cantilena Antiqua / Concentus Lucensis - Stefano Albarello
Tactus 400002
Donna, s'amor m'invita
L'Arte vocale e strumentale dell'Ars Nova Italiana
Continens Paradisi
Symphonia 95142
Ars Nova - Il Trecento
Ensemble Réal - Pascal Coté
Arion 68462

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Todd M. McComb