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Potrò viver io più se senza luce

author of text

Luca Marenzio wrote twenty-three books of madrigals, and his 1581 setting of Potrò viver io più se senza luce is an excellent example of his style. The text questions whether life has any meaning without ‘light’, perhaps indicating that the protagonist’s beloved has died. The speaker now longs for death and to be with God, the ‘true light’. Marenzio emphasizes the expressive details of the text with surprising chromatic twists embedded in a dense network of motifs—a musical tapestry also found in the early Baroque works of Monteverdi.

from notes by Owain Park © 2020


Studio Master: CDA68285Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 13 on CDA68285 [2'56]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68285 track 13

Recording date
23 February 2019
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Fading (CDA68285)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: April 2020
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