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Giovanni Valentini: Secondo libro de madrigali

by ACRONYM & Les Canards Chantants

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This recording pairs the “brilliant and moving” vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants with the “groundbreaking, gutsy” (Early Music America Magazine) string band ACRONYM, and consists of the premier recording of Valentini’s Secondo libro de madrigali (1616), the first madrigal collection ever published to call for instruments other than basso continuo.

These eighteen songs of love and war are passionate, tempestuous, and overflowing with the beauty of the early Baroque. Giovanni Valentini was born in 1582/3 in or around Venice. In 1614 he joined the court of the Archduke Ferdinand–soon to be the Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand II–at Graz, and upon Ferdinand’s 1619 election Valentini moved to Vienna to serve as Imperial organist. He succeeded Giovanni Priuli as Hofkapellmeister in 1626, and he was ennobled in 1627. From the 1620s through 1640s Valentini oversaw much of the musical life of Vienna. He was music tutor to the Imperial family and retained his position of Hofkapellmeister under Ferdinand III, who took the throne in 1637. Valentini died in Vienna on April 29/30, 1649.


released November 11, 2016

Edition and Notes by Pyrros Bamichas
Italian text edited by Andrea Bornstein
English translations by John Whenham
Published in ASCIMA (Archive of Seventeenth Century Italian Madrigals and Arias)
©2012, the editor, translators, University of Birmingham, and University of Heidelberg
Reproduced with permission

Engineered and Mastered by Ryan Streber, Oktaven Audio
Recorded Aug. 29–Sept. 2, 2015 at Rocking Horse Studio, Pittsfield, NH
Produced by Ryan Streber and Les Canards Chantants
Edited by Ryan Streber, Loren Ludwig, Robin Bier, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman

Design by Marc Wolf
Image editing and processing by Michiyo Suzuki
Art by Johann Thölde[?], attributed to Basil Valentine (1599)
Les Canards Chantants photo by Becky Oehlers Photography
ACRONYM photo by Alice Hixon Kirk
Grateful acknowledgement to Fred Tauber, Deb Sherr, Peter Novom,
and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute
Special thanks to Alice McIvor, Lucia d’Errico, Felicity Laurence, and Chiara Schmitz




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