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The Golden Age (1530) by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)
Alte Pinakotek, München / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA68053
Recording details: September 2010
Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln, Germany
Produced by Sebastian Stein
Engineered by Hans-Martin Renz
Release date: June 2014
Total duration: 1 minutes 19 seconds

'It’s not just that Cinquecento's ensemble and tuning are flawless, nor that with six highly individual voices they can create an amazing range of colours, but that with their multicultural forces they can fit effortlessly into the style of the music, whether the texts are in Italian, French or German … I am not aware that any of the 25 short pieces here has been recorded before: Monte (by far the most prolific madrigalist of all time) has here eight masterful pieces; Jean Guyot (so far as I can see, never previously recorded) has six charmingly gooey pieces in the manner of Gombert on speed; for the sovereign (and also prolific) Vaet we hear the only non-Latin pieces he composed, all three of them; and the record ends with a mouth-watering selection of songs in German and Italian by the more light-hearted Regnart. Don’t miss it' (Gramophone) » More

Alarm’, alarm’ o fidi miei pensieri
5vv; published in 1574 in Il primo libro delle canzone italiane a cinque voci
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