A Little Lasso

“Matona mia cara” is one of the examples Taruskin give for his “Cosmopolite Supreme” Orlando di Lasso. This one is still quite popular, judging by the abundant number of video performances of it on youtube. The performances range from ten-to-a-part choirs to those that are one to a part. The following recording falls into the latter category. It is a well-sung and decently recorded performance (one of the reasons I use it here), but the humorous premise of the song (a German soldier singing to his Italian lady lover in botched Italian) is lost amongst the slightly drawn out performance. I like that it is not being performed on stage though. One can imagine these singers singing for Ferrante Gonzaga around a Mantuan hearth.


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