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Alnight by the Rose (2001)

Featuring Morten Lauridsen's stunning Madrigali: Six Firesongs on Italian Renaissance Poetry and pieces by Italian Renaissance composers Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo. The works of Monteverdi and Gesualdo inspired Lauridsen to write his Madrigali.

Also includes Arvo Pärt's beautiful Magnificat and Karen P. Thomas' Medieval Lyrics, as well as works by Hildegard von Bingen, Frank Ferko, and Guillaume Dufay.

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THE FIRE OF DIVINE LOVE
1   Ave regina caelorum, Guillaume Dufay (c. 1400 - 1474)
2   Gedeonis area, 13th cent. French conductus
3   O cruor sanguinis, Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179)
4   O successores, von Bingen
5   Nunc guaudeant, von Bingen
1:18
2:47
1:43
2:40
3:03
 
The Hildegard Motets: Frank Ferko (b. 1950)
6   O verbum Patris
7   O splendidissima gemma
8   Laus Trinitati
9   Magnificat
4:43
2:45
2:48
5:48
 
THE FLAME OF EARTHLY PASSION
Medieval Lyrics: Karen P. Thomas (b. 1957)
10   To Mistress Margaret Hussey
11   Alnight by the rose

12   Dolcissima mia vita, Don Carlo Gesualdo (c. 1561-1613)
13   Sí, ch'io vorrei morire, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
1:42
4:07

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Madrigali: Six FireSongs on Italian Renaissance Poems:
Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
14   Ov'é, lass', il bel viso?
15   Quando son più lontan
16   Amor, io sento l'alma
17   Io piango
18   Luci serene e chiare
19   Se per havervi, oime
3:12
4:25
2:01
2:54
3:16
3:36



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Reviews


Seattle Pro Musica presents a cappella singing at its best; combine this with an excellent recording in the reverberant acoustic of St. James Cathedral, Seattle, and you have a disc to be savoured slowly.” (***** highest rating)
Shirley Ratcliffe, Choir & Organ (Great Britain), July/August 2002

“Imaginative and tightly knit program…great conviction, precision, and panache.”
William J. Gatens, American Record Guide, November/December 2003

Pro Musica rates high. The tone and blend are exquisite. The engineering at the Catholic cathedral in Seattle is remarkable.”
J.F. Weber, Fanfare, March/April 2003

“What a brilliant set of performances! The Madrigali are exquisite—elegant, passionate, carefully hewn, sensitive to both text and music. Bravo to you and your magnificent singers for such an outstanding rendition of this very demanding cycle!”
Morten Lauridsen, composer

A magnificent recording! The selection of music is superb, the acoustics are breathtaking and the performances are absolutely stunning…The artistry of the Seattle Pro Musica is nothing less than spectacular…This is certainly a recording that I will recommend to everyone.”
Frank Ferko, composer