|Format||2 Audio CD|
|Ordering Number||OC 814|
Even during his life, Adrian Willaert’s Musica Nova
collection was shrouded in mystery. The works in
the collection were only accessible to a small circle
of musicians, theoreticians and patrons. Not until
1559 did Alfonso II of Ferrara make it possible for
the collection to be printed, although parts of it had
already been composed more than 15 years previously.
Willaert’s works are a unique combination of stylistic
elements from his Flemish homeland and Italian
music, particularly Venetian, not surprising in view
of the fact that he was the maestro di cappella of St.
Mark’s cathedral from 1527 until his death in 1562.
On this CD, the vocal sextet Singer Pur concentrates
on the secular part of the Musica Nova, which comprises
madrigals composed on texts by Petrarca.
Singer Pur – the vocal ensemble distinguished with
two Echo Classic awards – covers an exceptionally
wide range of styles. Along with music from the
Renaissance through to the 20th century, its repertoire
also encompasses avant-garde music and jazz.