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Gioco di voci

Secular music in XVI century

Gioco di Voci


Label: Philarmonia | Year: 2004


Recorded: Genova, Aprile 2004

PerformersRing Around Quartet

Vera Marenco (soprano), Maria Teresa Gay (contralto), 

Umberto Bartolini (tenore), Alberto Longhi (baritono)  




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Gioco di voci, or The play of voices, is our most successful project. An exciting journey through Renaissance music from all over the Europe: chansons, madrigals, villanelle mostly by Frech-Flemish composers such as Josquin, Janequin and Lassus. After the concert-show by the same name first performed at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto in 2003.


La, la, la, je ne l’ose dire

Pierre Certon (c.1510-1572)


Tant que vivrai 

Claudin de Sermisy (c.1490-1562), testo di Clément Marot (1497-1544)


Le chant de l’alouette

Clément Janequin (c.1485-1558)


Belle, qui tiens ma vie

Thoinot Arbeau (c.1519-c.1595)


The elves’ dance

John Bennet (c.1570-c.1614)


Adieu mes amours

Josquin Des Prés (c.1450-1521)


Mignonne, allons voir si la rose

Anonimo (XVI secolo), testo di Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585) 


Il est bel et bon 

Pierre Passereau (c.1509-c.1547) 


Madonna mia pietà

Orlando di Lasso (c.1532-1594)


Le chant des oiseaux

Clément Janequin (c.1485-1558)


La nuit froide et sombre

Orlando di Lasso (c.1532-1594), testo di Joachim du Bellay (1522-1560)


Madonn’ io non lo so

Adrian Willaert (c.1490-1562)


Margot labourez les vignes

Jacques Arcadelt (c.1504-1568)


El grillo è buon cantore

Josquin Des Prés (c.1450-1521)


Mille regrets

Josquin Des Prés (c.1450-1521)


Bonzorno madonna

Antonio Scandello (1517-1580)

From the booklet:


This is a concert-show with 16th century music that you should not only listen to but see as well. The four singers are not dressed in tuxedoes standing behind music stands, but they wear light colthes and are bare foot, wich accentuates the dance steps, acting while they sing, playing with the music and the lyrics, making use of both movement and facial expression. In some way they recreate the atmosphere of court entertainment, with very striking moments, making the audience relive a music repertoire that is often reserved only to the initiated, taking an enthusiastic, theatical approach. 

Insted of following a time or theme logic, the programme is built around rhyhtms, atmospheres and tones, making listening both varied and pleasing. There are pieces by Italian, Franco-Flemish and English composers that have a humorous tone, wich alternate with pieces full of lyricism and masterpieces of the French descriptive-onomatopeic genre.


"GIOCO DI VOCI" started as an ancient music show for the Spoleto Festival in 2003.

"A revelation occurred in Spoleto at the midday concert, the vocal ensemble "Ring Around Quartet", a young, congenial Italian group whose repertoire centres mainly around the French renaissance, wich they perform with grace, extraordinary expression, impeccable intonation, and diction that is true to the spirit of the texts they sing. Basically, I'd have to say, perfect." (Dino Villatico, La Repubblica, 30th June 2003)

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