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Early Delights

A Sunday hour with early music goodies.

Something that’s striking is how many composers of earlier times were called Francesco, or some variant thereof. A small imprecise count yields 26, and there must have been more. We would like to present five of them to you today.

Francesco Bartolomeo Conti (1681–1732)
1. Cantata “Con più lucidi candori”:
– Con più lucidi candori
– Hoggi rinnuova il circolo solare
– I bei fregi
– Quindi tutti divoti pastori e ninfe
– In placida calma
Bernarda Fink, mezzo soprano; Ars Antiqua Austria conducted by Gunar Letzbor
(CD: Cantate con istromenti. Arcana A 309, 2003)

Francesco Landini (1325–1397)
2. Che cos’è quest’amor
3. Non dò la colp’a te
4. Quanto più caro faj
Anonymous 4
(CD: The second circle – Love songs of Francesco Landini. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907269, 2001)

Francesco Canova da Milano (1497–1543)
5. From ‘Libro della Fortuna’ (1536): “Canto I, Fortuna innamorata”
– Recercata XII
– Le plus gorgias du monde
– Recercata XIII
– Recercata XXVI
Xavier Diaz-Latorre, vihuela
(CD: Libro della Fortuna (Napoli 1536). Cantus Records C 9660, 2021)

Francesco Barsanti (1690–1772)
From ‘A collection of old Scots tunes’:
6. Lochaber
7. Busk ye
8. The birks of Invermay
9. Logan Water
Ensemble Marsyas conducted by Peter Whelan
(CD: Barsanti & Handel – Edinburgh 1742. Linn Records CKD 567, 2017)

10. Where Helen lies
11. The lass of Peatie’s mill
Duo al Dente
(CD: The food of love. Danacord DACOCD 547, 2000)

Francesco Corbetta (1615–1681)
12. From ‘Varii scherzi di sonate’ (1648):
– Preludio al quinto tono
– Allemanda
– Sarabanda 1
– Sarabanda 2
– Chiacona
La Ghirlanda Mosicale
(CD: A guitarist from Pavia across Europe. Dynamic CDS 517, 2007)

addition:
Francesco Barsanti
13. From ‘A collection of old Scots tunes’: Dumbarton’s drums
Duo Al Dente
(CD: The food of love. Danacord DACOCD 547, 2000)

 

Pictured: Francesco Canova da Milano

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