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La Leona

Canzon XIX a 8; 1608; Sonate a 4. 6. 8 con alcuni Concerti a otto con le sue sinfonie, Venice

The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Recording details: February 1998
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: July 1998
Total duration: 2 minutes 39 seconds

Cover artwork: Return of the Bucintoro on Ascension Day by Antonio Canaletto (1697-1768)
Aldo Crespi Collection, Milan / Bridgeman Art Library, London
The processions and journey across the lagoon
La Leona  [2'39]


'An exceptional recorded event. Ravishing music. A very fine achievement all round' (Gramophone)

'The music is glorious, the performances exemplary, the sense of occasion overwhelming … another marvellous concept from Robert King and his redoubtable consort, here breathtakingly recreating the celebrations which would have taken place on Ascension Day circa 1600. Glitteringly recorded and a superb booklet' (The Sunday Times)

'Glorious music, gloriously performed' (Classic CD)

'The most spectacular and sonorous recording of recent months' (Contemporary Review)
La Leona, the title of Cesario Gussago’s Canzona XIX, refers to the Venetian lion. Predominantly chordal in style, Gussago’s writing is highly attractive in its interplay between the two opposing choirs of instruments. The title may have been his idea—or that of his publisher, trying to make the work more saleable to the Venetian public!

from notes by Robert King © 1998

La Leona, titre de la Canzone XIX de Cesario Gussago, fait allusion au lion de Venise. De style essentiellement homophone, l’écriture de Gussago est extrêmement attrayante grâce au jeu entre les deux chœurs d’instruments, en opposition. Le titre de l’œuvre a pu être l’idée du compositeur—ou de son éditeur, désireux de rendre la pièce plus vendable auprès du public vénitien!

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1998
Français: Hypérion

La Leona, il titolo della Canzone XIX di Cesario Gussago, si riferisce al leone di Venezia. La composizione di Gussago, composta per lo più da accordi, è estremamente attraente grazie all’interazione dei due cori opposti di strumenti. Il titolo fu probabilmente ideato da Gussago, o del suo editore, per vendere più copie dell’opera al pubblico di Venezia!

Robert King © 1998
Italiano: Gianfranca Shepheard