Spanish madrigals and their European counterparts
Ensemble Amarcord – vocal ensemble (Germany)
Wolfram Lattke a Dietrich Barth – tenor
Frank Ozimek – baritone
Daniel Knauft and Holger Krause – bass
Saturday 2 July 2005, 7.30 pm
Czech National Bank Congress Centre, Senovážné náměstí 30, Praha 1
The German vocal Ensemble Amarcord appeared in a European programme comprising compositions in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. The dominant genre of the concert was madrigal, the most popular vocal from in the Renaissance. The listeners had a chance to compare the simple style of the early madrigals (Senfl, Gombert and Spanish authors) with some more expressive and complex madrigals from later periods (Arcadelt, de Rore, Arbeau) and virtuosic compositions from the times when the form was at its greatest flourish (Dowland, Banchieri, Hassler, Gesualdo da Venosa). The programme introduced some of the less known madrigals from the Pyrenees Peninsula in a revealing confrontation with the works by well-known authors from Italy, Germany, England and France.