Caccini - Le Nuove Musiche | Brilliant Classics 95794

Caccini - Le Nuove Musiche


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95794

Barcode: 5028421957944

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 15th March 2019



Riccardo Pisani (tenor)
Ensemble Ricercare Antico


Francesco Tomasi


Caccini, Giulio

Al fonte, al prato
Amor ch'attendi
A quei sospiri ardenti
Dalla porta d'oriente
Le nuove musiche
» Amarilli, mia bella
» Amor, io parto
» Dolcissimo sospiro
» Dovro dunque morire
» Odi, Euterpe
» Udite amanti
» Vedro'l mio sol
Non ha'l ciel cotanti lumi
Tu ch'hai le penne, amore

Frescobaldi, Girolamo

Toccata per spinettina e violino

Landi, Stefano

Canzona a 3 detta 'L'Alessandrina'

Nicoletti, Filippo

Canzona 'La Capricciosetta'
Canzona 'La Trictella'


Riccardo Pisani (tenor)
Ensemble Ricercare Antico


Francesco Tomasi


Substantial excerpts from an epoch-making volume of songs by the court composer to the Medici family.

Nowadays Giulio Caccini is best known for his contributions to a selection of 16th- and 17th-century Arie Antiche which form an essential component of every young singerís training. Born in Rome in 1550, he moved to Florence as a teenager and died there in 1618 having become the cityís preeminent composer at a time when it attracted wealth and people from around the world.

In 1602 he published a collection of his works which promised, as the title implied, a new kind of music which spoke with what he identified in his preface as Ďa certain noble negligence of song. In doing so, one sometimes used several dissonances while sustaining the bass note. [...] Never before had anyone heard the euphony of a single voice, to a single stringed instrument, [...] which had so much power to move the affect of the soul.í

The texts of this collection dealt with love, its torments and periodic fulfilment. The technique of his musical settings was placed entirely in the service of these texts so that they would speak to the listener as directly as possible, enhanced and not obscured by the harmony. He did this by simplifying textures and reserving dissonances for exceptional expressive effect: a technique that would come to exercise an enormous influence on his immediate successors, most notable among them Claudio Monteverdi.

The tenor at the heart of this Caccini collection is Riccardo Pisani, born in Rome and trained there at the prestigious Accademia di Santa Cecilia, where he studied with the distinguished early-music contralto Sara Mingardo. He has taken the title role in Orfeo with Rene Jacobs and sung more Monteverdi with world-class ensembles such as Concerto Italiano and La Venexiana. This album marks his debut on Brilliant Classics.

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