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GREENE, M.: Spenser's Amoretti (Hulett, Green, Pinardi)

Composer(s):Greene, Maurice
Artist(s) Green, Luke, harpsichord • Hulett, Benjamin, tenor • Pinardi, Giangiacomo, theorbo
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.572891
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The distinguished English composer Maurice Greene was appointed Master of the King’s Music in 1735. He soon composed a series of 25 sonnet settings taken from the collection of 89 Amoretti (‘little loves’) written by Edmund Spenser, one of the greatest poets of the Shakespearean age. These settings show Greene to have been a master of word-painting technique, and a subtle colourist with a sensitive ear for Spenser’s verse. This jewel of a collection is also historically important, as it can be considered one of the earliest song cycles in the history of English music.


Review By AH,Early Music Today,December 2012

Remembered today mostly for his church music, Maurice Greene was one of the leading figures in British musical life in the first half of the eighteenth century, as can be surmised from his 20-year tenure as Master of the King’s Musick. Greene’s settings of 25 of the 89 sonnets of Edmund Spenser’s Amoretti, written in 1738, were originally written for soprano and continuo, but transfer seamlessly to tenor; here they receive impassioned and beautiful performances by Benjamin Hulett, whose limpid and agile voice is perfect for this music. Luke Green’s excellent harpsichord playing occasionally suffers from being too brightly recorded, but he and Giangiacomo Pinardi make an excellent continuo team, whose realisations both are tasteful and expertly



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