Leonardo Da Vinci: La Musique Secrete (CD+Book)

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Doulce Mémoire, Denis Raisin Dadre

2019 will see the 500th commemoration of the death of one of the greatest geniuses humanity has produced: Leonardo da Vinci, scientist, inventor, painter – and musician.

Doulce Mémoire, having devoted themselves to Renaissance music for the past 30 years, have decided to pay homage to Leonardo. Their founder-director, Denis Raisin Dadre, an eminent specialist in the music of the period and a great lover of pictorial art, has devised an original programme: ‘Rather than just make music from the time of Leonardo, I’ve taken my cue from the paintings themselves. I’ve worked on what could be the hidden music of these pictures, what musical pieces might be suggested by them….’ He chose around fifteen paintings, many of which are now in the Louvre: The Baptism of Christ, The Virgin of the Rocks, Portrait of Isabella d’Este, Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La belle ferronnière), Saint Anne, St John the Baptist… and of course La Gioconda. He then matched them with works by Jacob Obrecht (1457-1505), Josquin Desprez (1450-1521), laude for the Annunciation. There are also some frotolle, and songs to texts by Petrarch accompanied by the lira da braccio, an instrument Leonardo played himself. This recording comes with a handsome booklet, including reproductions of the pictures by Leonardo, some in detail, giving an intimate insight into them; there is also a text by Denis Raisin Dadre explaining his selection.

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  1. Frater Petrus: Ave Maria
  2. Marchetto Cara : Ave Maria à 4
  3. Marchetto Cara : Vergine immaculata (instrumental)
  4. Marchetto Cara : Ave Maria à 5
  5. Josquin Desprez : Planxit autem David
  6. Anon.: Basse danse Venus (instrumental)
  7. Francesco Pata Vino: Donne, venete al ballo
  8. Marchetto Cara : Tante volte si si si
  9. Jean l'Héritier: Ave Mater Matris Dei
  10. Domenico da Piacenza: Bel fiore (instrumental)
  11. Francesco Spinacino: Recercare (instrumental)
  12. Anon.: Poi che t’hebbi nel core (contrafactum de Fortuna desperata)
  13. Anon.: Fortuna desperata (instrumental)
  14. Johannes de Pinarol: Poi che t’hebbi nel core
  15. Heinrich Isaac: Fortuna desperata / Sancte Petre, ora pro nobis
  16. Jacob Obrecht: Agnus Dei (Missa Fortuna desperata)
  17. Anon.: Rime, sonetto XVIII
  18. Anon.: Lucrecia pulchra (Mona Lisa pulchra)
  19. Hayne van Ghizeghem: De tous biens playne
  20. Bartolomeo Trombocino: Non val’ acqua
  21. Michael Pesenti : L’acqua vale al mio gran foco
  22. Marchetto Cara : Gli pur gionto el giorno
  23. Firminus Caron: Tanto l’afano (Le despourvu infortuné)
  24. Johannes de la Fage: Elizabeth Zachariæ