Napolitane, balli e fantasie
Pino de Vittorio, La Lyra – Bor Zuljan
The music of the blind Renaissance composer Giacomo Gorzanis has evidently long been known in his native Italy due to availability in modern editions of his villanelle and lute music, but this is the first period-instrument CD devoted exclusively to his work. The lute Recercars and Fantasias are delicate fare, whereas his songs have a rustic folky quality, enhanced by the rather naïve vocal style of Pino de Vittorio. Gorzanis was active in the north east of Italy, and to my ear his songs share features with the contemporary music of nearby Venice. I found that Pino de Vittorio’s rather breathy and couthie vocal production wore a bit thin after a while, and I wondered how a different approach would change the tone of some of the songs, but on the whole this was an entertaining CD of catchy music by a composer I had hitherto never heard of.
D. James RossBrian Clark