Alamire Foundation Editions II & III


Music at the Farnese Court in Renaissance Parma

31 May 2023

The Alamire Foundation is pleased to present two new recordings in the series Alamire Foundation Editions, which the foundation curates with its partner Passacaille.

In the second volume, the ensemble Ratas del viejo Mundo performs music from the Farnese court in Parma. Parma was a leading musical centre of the sixteenth century, attracting renowned musicians and composers from Italy as well as the Low Countries, including Cipriano de Rore, Josquino Persoens, and Giaches de Wert. The cd is now available in Passacaille's webshop.

In the third volume of the series, the Prague-based ensemble Cappella Mariana performs a selection of spiritual madrigals (madrigali spirituali) by Philippus de Monte (b. 1521 in Mechelen, d. 1603 in Prague). Cappella Mariana was in residence at the Alamire Foundation in May during the Voices of Passion festival in Leuven, in part to make this recording. Monte was the most important composer of the spiritual madrigal, a genre that would reach its high-point in the final two decades of the sixteenth century; it is therefore remarkable that these collections have never before been recorded. The CD, created within the framework of the Baroque Influencers festival, will be released soon.