Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 3: Venezia

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Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 3: Venezia

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Baroque Vocal

Catalogue No:

HAF8905278

Discs:

1

Release date:

17th Feb 2017

Barcode:

3149020527801

Length:

74 minutes

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Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 3: Venezia


Monteverdi:

Tempro la cetra (Symphonia)

Al lume delle stelle

Con che soavità (Book 7)

Chiome d'oro (Book 7)

Interrotte speranze

Lettera amorosa

Tirsi e Clori, ballo concertato (Book 7)

Altri canti d'Amor (Book 8)

Dolcissimo uscignolo

Lamento della Ninfa (Book 8)

Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda


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Recorded at the Cité de la Musique during the complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals mounted in partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre de Caen, the last volume in our trilogy probably contains the best-loved gems of a composer who had become maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, and finally entered the priesthood. Alongside the great operas that have survived from this period, the final madrigals methodically explore the multiple possibilities offered by the rapidly developing practice of basso continuo and by an unprecedented exploitation of solo voices. And, in that respect, the celebrated 'Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' forms a spectacular finale to our Monteverdian adventure!

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Sinfonia. Tempro la cetra, SV 117

Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Sinfonia. Tempro la cetra, SV 117

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Al lume de le stelle, SV 138

Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Al lume de le stelle, SV 138

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Con che soavità, SV 139

Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Con che soavità, SV 139

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Chiome d'oro, SV 143

Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Chiome d'oro, SV 143

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Interrotte speranze, SV 132

Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Interrotte speranze, SV 132

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Lettera amorosa, SV 141

Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Lettera amorosa, SV 141

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Ballo: Tirsi e Clori, SV 145

Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117–145: Ballo: Tirsi e Clori, SV 145

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146–167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Altri canti d'Amor, SV146

Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146–167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Altri canti d'Amor, SV146

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146–167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Dolcissimo usignolo, SV 161

Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146–167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Dolcissimo usignolo, SV 161

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146–167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Lamento de la ninfa, SV 163

Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146–167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Lamento de la ninfa, SV 163

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146–167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, SV 153

Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146–167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, SV 153

The Guardian

2nd February 2017

****

“the typical refinement of Les Arts Florissants and the scrupulous way voices and instruments complement each other are a treat in themselves.”

Record Review

18th February 2017

“beautifully balanced concert recordings, excellent notes and presentation and an absolute pleasure to encounter.”

The Scotsman

21st February 2017

****

“Agnew’s choice is beautifully representative of the collections’ glorious stylistic range and substantial evocative content...there is arresting soulfulness in these live performances. Take the nimble Chiome d’oro, with its breezy ritornelli, agile bass ostinato, served up here as if it were Baroque jazz; or the raw affections that colour Lettera amorosa with the same emotive magnetism.”

Financial Times

17th February 2017

****

“performed with their customary elegance by Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants”

Sunday Times

6th March 2017

“Agnew takes the role of narrator here, and while his Italian isn’t as natural as a native’s, his declamatory style and articulation are gripping. He’s also lead singer in the Lamento della ninfa, but he doesn’t outshine his two sopranos, Miriam Allan and Mhairi Lawson, whose voice-clash with exquisite dissonances is Chiome d’oro.”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2017

****

“There is fine singing here, particularly from the bass Lisandro Abadie in Altri canti d’Amour (great richness and clarity) and the contralto Lucile Richardot in Lettera Amorosa (with some stylish decoration and meaningful projection of the words) … The accomplished instrumentalists give us stylish dance music…a judicious and musically compelling introduction to Monteverdi’s secular works.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2017

“The vivid atmosphere of Agnew’s performance is palpable and, as so often in these discs, his text-driven subtlety wins over.”

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