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La Rota Fortuna: Chansons & lute solos in honor of Francesco Spinacino, fl. 1507

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A beguiling program of chansons & lute solos from c.1507. At once passionate & refined, the texts of the sparkling & complex rondeaux reflect on the cyclical nature of Fortune, which permeated poetical and philosophical writings from antiquity onwards.

Denys Stephens, Lute News (UK) says of Rota Fortuna:
"Donna Stewart sings these superbly, expertly negotiating the technical difficulties and bringing to life their refined but passionate emotion. Ron Andrico's lute gently interweaves the lower voices of the chansons. This involves some quite dextrous playing, but it always supports and never overwhelms the vocal part....Essential listening for any lute player interested in the late 15th/ early 16th century repertoire."

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released January 1, 2007

Donna Stewart, voice
Ron Andrico, lute

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al Grunwell at Fingerlakes Recording Studio, Ithaca, NY

All performing scores copyright 2007 Mignarda Editions.

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Mignarda Danby, New York

Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with ten critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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Track Name: Comment peult avoir joye
Comment peult avoir joye,
Qui Fortune contient?
L’oysiau qui pert sa proye
De jeusne lui souvient :
Au boys sur la verdure
N’a point tout son desir :
De chanter il n’a cure
Qui vit en desplaisir.

How can he be joyful,
who is constrained by fortune?
The bird which loses its prey
thinks of fasting:
in the green woods
it has not its desire.
He cares not to sing
who lives in disappointment.