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The Raimondo Manuscript: Libro de Sonate Diverse

By Domenico Cerasani

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By Domenico Cerasani. By Anonymus, Lorenzino del Liuto, Lorenzo Tracetti, Pietro Paolo Raimondo, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594), and Francesco Da Milano. Classical. CD. Naxos #BRI95580. Published by Naxos (NX.BRI95580).

Item Number: NX.BRI95580

Pietro Paolo Raimondo was a nobleman of Como and a musician of accomplishment who began in 1601 to compile a manuscript of pieces that came his way. He probably copied them out - or had them copied - for the purpose of playing them himself, but the manuscript now provides a significant record of pieces that would otherwise be lost, many of them by authors now unknown to us. Among the 69 pieces there are anonymously authored dances but also fantasias by Francesco da Milano and Lorenzino del Liuto, and intabulations of vocal works such as the famous Vestiva i colli and Susanne ung jour. Through the Raimondo Manuscript we may enter the rarified world of high-Renaissance culture as seen through the eyes and ears of a cultivated amateur. The collection has received relatively little attention on record before now, making this new recording all the more valuable: probably the first album to be devoted to it. The booklet-note gives valuable context both to the history and performance practice, written by the artist on this recording, Domenico Cerasini. He has chosen 24 items from the Manuscript, and provided authorship details where they can be deduced, but scholarly issues of who wrote what may be considered beside the point when listening through to pieces that alternate between lively celebration and melancholy reflection.

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