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Camerata Nova · Chominciamento di Gioia - LANDINI. Ballate
« on: August 26, 2016, 05:40:45 PM »

Hay una reseña en, con discusión, que me va evitar escribir sobre el disco. Estoy de acuerdo con el reseñista, sobre todo en mi preferencia por los instrumentales. La mayor parte de las ballate son cantadas por las voces solas, pero en algunas acompañan algunos instrumentos e incluso hay fragmentos instrumentales.

Copiaré la reseña, no los comentarios:
Almost the whole surviving repertoire of "trecento" North Italian polyphony is found in one exquisite hand-lettered and illuminated manuscript, the Squarcialupi Codex, prepared as a retrospective by the Florentines at the very moment when their finest local musical manner was being eclipsed by the immigrant fashions of Flemish polyphony. The local boy of greatest fame was the blind organist Francesco Landini. Don't imagine a modern organ, please! Landini played a 'portative' organ, pumping his own bellows with one hand; he's pictured doing so in the Codex. Trecento polyphony was chiefly a secular phenomenon, an evolved version of "ars nova" and late troubadour styles, with its own specific notation and its own flamboyant flaunting rhythmic complexities. The novelty and excitement of this music is principally rhythmic, probably fueled by the development of a notational system capable of recording such polyrhythmic irregularity. All the music in the Squarcialupi Codex is texted, but instruments ceratinly flourished among the Florentines; besides the portative organ, there were small lutes strummed with plectrum, other plucked strings, harp, hand percussion, and the "vielle", the Medieval fiddle from which all fiddles derive. You'll hear all these played effectively by the ensemble Chominciamento di Gioia on this CD. The vocal ensemble has another name - Camerata Nova - and includes soprano, alto, and tenor singers.

There are very few worthy recordings of Trecento music, or of ars nova in general. The very best of the crop are those by the American ensemble PAN (Project Ars Nova). This recording falls a little short of PAN's technical proficiency, but it has the taste of the real thing. Think about the clothes those Florentines wore! Some are pictured in a round dance on the cover of this CD. You can be sure their music was not sedate, dry, or effete. They were a lusty bunch, and a performance of their music should convey their passionate spirit. "Chominciamento di Gioia" means "The Beginning of Joy". I believe that's what they felt, in their flowering city-state at the threshold of the Renaissance.