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O Florens Rosa
By La Rossignol. By Anonymous, Fabritio Caroso, Fiorentio Moschera, Innocentius Dammonis, Maurice Landgrave de Hessen, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623), Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), Johannes Ciconia (1335-1411), John Dunstable (1390-1453), Guillaume Costeley (1530-1606), and Erasmus Widmann (1572-1634). Classical. CD. Naxos #IIIMIL 0195. Published by Naxos (NX.IIIMIL-0195).
Item Number: NX.IIIMIL-0195
The rose, as it already was during the Middle Ages, continues to be one of the symbolic images of Renaissance civility. Its different values have persisted for ages: the religious one (the rose symbolizing the Madonna/Mother Mary, image of absolute pureness), the profane one (as a personification of the beloved one) and the esoteric one (symbol of resurrection, immortality, regeneration). This release, recorded live in a fifth century church in Santa Maria in Bressanoro in Castelleone, creates particularly varied and rich atmospheres: the compositions of great authors like Dunstable, Ciconia, Frescobaldi and Monteverdi meet in an aesthetical rather than in a chronological order. They melt together with the very direct, popular versions of devotional praise-songs of Dammonis and, singing and dancing to them, they celebrate the spring awakening of all senses and of passion, as if on a happy trip toward a new sense of harmony, toward the perfection of music, in a period when music still contributes to the great evolution of thought.