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The Gardens of the Villa d'Este

Catherine Bott travels to Tivoli to explore the fountains in the gardens of Cardinal Ippolito II's Villa d'Este and the music written to honour him.

The Villa d'Este's gardens are a triumph of Baroque architecture and design. Catherine Bott travels to Tivoli to explore the many fountains there and the music connected with the gardens and the man who commissioned them: Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, patron of many composers, among them a no lesser figure than Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

First broadcast in March 2009.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Viri Galilaei

    Performers: Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O’Donnell (conductor)

    • CDA 66316.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Gaude et Laetare

    Performers: The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)

    • CDA 67694.
  • Francesco Portinaro

    Ove, Sacre Sorelle

    Performers: Vienna Motet Choir, Musica Antiqua Wien, Bernhard Klebel (conductor)

    • CHE 00582.
  • Giovanni Maria Nanino

    Adoramus te, Christi

    Performers: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

    • EMI.
    • CDC 7470652.
  • Nicola Vicentino

    L'aura che'l verde lauro

    Performers: Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel (conductor)

    • CD 45942.
  • Guillaume Dufay

    Magnanime gentis

    Performers: Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel (conductor)

    • HMC 901700.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Hodie Christus natus est (for 2 four part choirs)

    Performers: Regensburger Domspatzen, Georg Ratzinger (conductor)

    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 05472 774182.
  • Luca Marenzio

    S'io parto, I'moro e pur partir conviene

    Performers: La Venexiana

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 920909.