Michelangelo's Madrigal – Et'cetera KTC 1623

"Kate Macoboy's soprano, with lutenist Robert Meunier, restores the primacy of textual expression to 16th-century song." The Observer, Sir Nicholas Kenyon

"Meunier and Macoboy put into practice the latest performance theories in this sequence of Renaissance Italian madrigals…Macoboy's pure soprano is balanced beautifully with Meunier's eloquent playing, her subtle colour variations beguiling." The Sunday Times, Stephen Pettitt

"Kate Macoboy and Robert Meunier have carried out a rigorous study of little-known renaissance sources about performance practice. They have come up with unpretentious-sounding, well-thought-out interpretations. Macoboy sings her melodies with every effect and decorates them with taste." Luister, Margaretha Coornstra, 8/10

"Macoboy and Meunier shine a valuable light on songs by 15th- and 16th-century Italian composers setting a variety of poets. There's a beautiful sense of intimacy here"...BBC Music Magazine, Oliver Condy ****

"It's clear both from the precision and easy-going sprezzatura of these performances, and from Meunier's extensive booklet note that this disc is the fruit of many years' work. Macoboy's voice is crystal clear and her diction exemplary and Meunier's accompaniments unfussy and responsive (his solo tracks are outstanding) and to have it performed with such grace is an extra bonus." Classical Music Magazine-Early Music Today, Adrian Horsewood

"Robert Meunier proves an able accompanist and an accomplished soloist in the works for lute alone, while Kate Macoboy has a pleasant well-focused soprano voice. Macoboy introduces an appropriate level of dramatization into her performances"… Early Music Review, D. James Ross

"It’s a very well-constructed programme…the conception is so sympathetic…Kate Macoboy's timbre is most attractive." Gramophone, Fabrice Fitch

'Recording of the Month'
"The text is in the centre, and both Kate Macoboy and Robert Meunier aim for a personal treatment of the text. This is a very intimate recital: one has the feeling of being close to the artists, who sing and play specially for you. Ms Macoboy does sing mostly rather softly, and that fits the character and content of these songs. She stresses some important words, takes a breath, colours the words. This is underlined by Meunier, who plays a number of lute pieces by some of the main composers of lute music of the time, which are perfect complements to the vocal items. This is a wonderful disc which requires attentive listening. Only then can the depth of these songs be fully appreciated." MusicWeb International, Johan van Veen

"Michelangelo’s Madrigal, from the soprano Kate Macoboy and lutenist Robert Meunier...if one does not know it, it is beautiful." Fono Forum, Klemens Hippel

"I listened with great pleasure to your CD - it's exquisite, and the rapport between you and Kate Macoboy is ideal." Catherine Bott, Baroque soprano, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM broadcaster

"Real purity in that voice, Kate Macoboy and Robert Meunier explore sprezzatura [a rhythmic freedom from notated rhythms (reflecting long/short syllables and accents/emphases)] in Renaissance music." Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

"This delightful CD, it is worth listening more intently, along with the texts, to appreciate the nature of the performance style. Soprano Kate Macoboy sings with beautiful simplicity, allowing the focus to be on the texts while bringing her own degree of spontaneity to the melodic line. Robert Meunier's lute accompaniments are well-matched to the mood of the pieces, supporting the voice without interfering." Early Music Reviews, Andrew Benson-Wilson

"Macoboy's interpretation of Pesenti's Aime, ch'io moro has a languorous, almost haunting, quality to it which is reminiscent of the greatest Italian madrigalists of the later stages of the Renaissance. While it is once again difficult to select a personal favourite from these pieces, Da Milano’s Fantasia 42 has a soothing and intricate quality ably brought out by Meunier. For the full range and power of Macoboy's singing skills, listen to Bartolomeo Tromboncino's Per dolor me bagno il viso, with its plaintive demands on both singer and instrumentalist." - The WholeNote, Michael Schwartz

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"Kate Macoboy (soprano) and Robert Meunier (lute) deliver a stirring, stark rendition of 'Come harò donque ardire' ('How, then, could I ever dare'), with music by Bartolomeo Tromboncino)." – Maria Vos, Theatre Scene Cape Town

"Really high quality" - James McCarthy, Features Editor, Gramophone

"Convincing... an enrichment" - Remy Franck, Pizzicato, Jury member, ICMA

"Very well executed... a quality performance" - BBC Arts Online