Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614

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Monteverdi: Il  sesto libro de madrigali, 1614


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Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna

1a parte - Lasciatemi morire (Let me die)

2a parte - O Teseo, o Teseo mio (O Theseus, o my Theseus)

3a parte - Dove, dove e la fede (Where, where is the fidelity)

4a parte - Ahi, che non pur risponde (Alas, he answers me not)

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 6 (Il sesto libro de madrigali)

Zefiro torna e'l bel tempo rimena

Claudio Monteverdi: Una donna fra l'altre onesta e bella

Una donna fra l'altre onesta e bella

Claudio Monteverdi: A Dio, Florida bella, il cor piagato

A Dio, Florida bella, il cor piagato

Claudio Monteverdi: Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata

1a parte - Incenerite spoglie (Ashen remains)

2a parte - Ditelo, o fiumi, e voi ch'udiste Glauco (Say it, o rivers, and you who heard Glaucus)

3a parte - Dara la notte il sol lume all terra (The Sun will illuminate the earth by night)

4a parte - Ma te raccoglie, o Ninfa, in grembo (For heaven gathers you in to its breast)

5a parte - O chiome d'or, neve gentil del seno (O golden tresses, snow-soft breast)

6a parte - Dunque, amate reliquie, un mar di pianto (So, beloved remains, would not even a cold stone weep a sea of tears)

Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 6 (Il sesto libro de madrigali), SV 112

Ohime il bel viso, ohime il soave sguardo

Claudio Monteverdi: Qui rise, o Tirsi, e qui ver me rivolse

Qui rise, o Tirsi, e qui ver me rivolse

Claudio Monteverdi: Misero Alceo, dal caro albergo fore

Misero Alceo, dal caro albergo fore

Claudio Monteverdi: Batto, qui pianse Ergasto

Batto, qui pianse Ergasto

Claudio Monteverdi: Presso a un fiume tranquillo

Presso a un fiume tranquillo

BBC Music Magazine

July 2006


“Three things stand out about Alessandrini's version. First, his extraordinary feel for the words… Second, his revised edition which gives him access to newly revealed dissonances… And third, his generally upbeat tempos… which lend a marvellous freshness to 'Qui rise' and other tracks.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Monteverdi's Sixth Book of Madrigals (1614) is significant for including both traditional polyphonic and stile nuove concerted madrigals. In his booklet-notes, Rinaldo Alessandrini points out that this is also a 'book of partings': many of the madrigals seem to have been written much earlier than the published date, at a time when Monteverdi suffered the loss of his wife Claudia and his live-in pupil, the singer Caterina Martinelli.
All the texts deal with loss both temporary or permanent – although it's touching to note that the final madrigal, Presso un fiume tranquillo, paints a lovers' reconciliation possibly emblematic of a Heavenly reunion.
When discussing this repertoire it's almost a cliché to say that Concerto Italiano's approach is analytical, La Venexiana's more broadly coalescent (on Glossa). However, this new recording really goes far beyond the supple elegance of line for which La Venexiana are famous, with Alessandrini and his crew employing a tense, edgy rhetoric to reveal an inner psychology while sacrificing neither precision of ensemble nor beauty of sound. Concerto Italiano are now such a sensitive instrument that they respond to the emotional exigencies of the texts like silk to the breeze. Listen to the passionate terza parte of the Lamento d'Arianna; or the final line of Zefirotorna, where the drawn-out dissonances are almost physically painful; or the incredible dynamic and rhythmic control in the Sestina; or the fluid, frighteningly accurate ornamentation in Qui rise, o Tirsi. You could find 100 such examples without ever conveying the many excellences of this recording.”

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