Release Date:

July 25, 2016

I Tatti Madrigals

This recording comprises Gavin Bryars’ entire Fifth Book of Madrigals, 6-part settings of Renaissance Italian texts commissioned by the Villa I Tatti  between 2004 and 2011 for the German ensemble Singer Pur, as well as the first madrigal from the Fourth Book, an 8-part setting of a Petrarca sestina “A qualunque animale”, the first piece he wrote for I Tatti. This piece is also available on BCGBCD16 A Suon Dell’ Acque Scriva along with the Second Book of Madrigals.

Gavin’s Notes:

I Tatti Madrigals

The Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies – the Villa I Tatti near Florence – has commissioned a number of madrigals from me over the last eleven years. The moving spirit behind all these commissions has been the centre’s remarkable music librarian, Kathryn Bosi. The first was for the Italian group Vox Altera, an 8-part Petrarch setting of a Petrarch sestina, A qualunque animale, commissioned for the opening of the F Gordon Morrill and Elizabeth Morrill Music LIbrary. This became the first madrigal in my Fourth Book. Since then I Tatti has commissioned eight 6-part madrigals from me for the German group Singer Pur: four in 2009 and four in 2011. And in order to create a complete book I have added three more madrigals to make a book of eleven madrigals, my Fifth Book.The full list is:

(2009: 6-part, STTTBarB – In Memoriam Craig Hugh Smyth)

1. Cantai, or piango (Petrarca Rime Sparse no. 229)

2. I’ piansi, or canto (Petrarch r.s. 230)

3. L’Aura vostr’alma (Bronzino)

4. Bronzino in ciel l’alma beata luce (Battiferri)

(2011; 6-part, STTTBarB – for the 500th anniversary of the birth of the architect Ammannati, husband of the poet Laura Battiferri))

5. Qual per l’onde turbate (Battiferri)

6. Fra questa piagge (Battiferri)

7. Ergitti infin (Battiferri)

8. Temprato aer sereno (Battiferri)

2013; 6-part, STTTBarB – these continue the pairing of Bronzino and Battiferri, with the addition of a poem suggested to me by the scholar and musicologist Janie Cole, who I met through Kathryn Bosi at I Tatti.

9. Mentre sepolto (Bronzino)

10. Se fermo e nel destin (Battiferri)

11. Chi punto ha ‘l core (Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane)


Singer Pur

Claudia Reinhard, soprano

Klaus Wenk, tenor

Markus Zapp, tenor

Manuel Warwitz, tenor

Reiner Schneider Waterberg, baritone

Marcus Schmidl, bass

Guest singers for track 12

Priska Eser, soprano

Andreas Pehl, counter tenor





Singer Pur


1. Cantai, or piango (Petrarca Rime Sparse no. 229)
2. I' piansi, or canto (Petrarca Rime Sparse no. 230)
3. L'Aura vostr'alma (Bronzino: In morte del medisimo - Pontormo)
4. Bronzino in ciel l'alma beata luce (Laura Battiferri: In morte del medisimo - Pontormo)
5. Qual per l'onde turbate (Laura Battiferri: Sonnet 48 (73))
6. Fra queste piagge (Laura Battiferri: Sonnet 53 (87))
7. Ergiti infin (Laura Battiferri: Sonnet 54 (89))
8. Temprato aer sereno (Laura Battiferri: Sonnet 55 (91))
9. Mentre Sepolto (Bronzino: Del Bronzino Pittore (Sonnet 76))
10. Se fermo è nel destin che lacrimando (Laura Battiferri: Risposta (Sonnet 7
11: Chi punto ha 'l core (Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane)
12. A qualunque animale (Petrarca Rime Sparse no. 22)

Playable Tracks

Gavin Bryars