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Claudio Monteverdi’s innovations mark the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque, and he and Heinrich Schütz are considered by many to be the most important composers of the seventeenth century. This major 10-CD set features some of the greatest interpreters of Monteverdi’s music, including the renowned Concerto Italiano and its music director Rinaldo Alessandrini.
Claudio Monteverdi published his first collection of sacred works in 1582 at the age of fifteen and composed at least eighteen operas. Another genre he devoted particular attention to was the madrigal, which he viewed as material for experimentation all his life, transferring the monodic principle of opera to the originally five-part madrigal form and adding instruments to provide the harmonic basis in order to make it possible for madrigals to contain solo parts or even consist entirely of a solo part.
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