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Vergene bella
author of text
first stanza of the final poem of Canzoniere

'Delectatio angeli' (CDA67549)
Delectatio angeli
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'Sacred & Secular Music' (CDH55148)
Sacred & Secular Music
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Track 4 on CDH55148 [4'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Vergene bella
Petrarch’s poem Vergene bella is a plea to the Virgin for help in a man’s struggle with his life; it would have been blasphemous to say so in Dufay’s lifetime, but the lyric is almost like a troubadour’s plea to his beloved and distant lady. The difference is that the singer trusts completely in the Virgin: ‘You have never turned away—hear my prayer.’

from notes by Catherine Bott © 2006

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Details for CDA66370 track 4
Recording date
22 February 1989
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Sacred & Secular Music (CDA66370)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 1990
    Deletion date: January 2004
    Superseded by CDH55148
  2. Sacred & Secular Music (CDH55148)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: January 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
1.Audio tour Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA: Permanent Collection
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