The Full Monteverdi

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The Full Monteverdi



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29th Oct 2007




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The Full Monteverdi

A Film by John La Bouchardière

Anna Crooks (soprano), Pano Masti (actor), Carys Lane (soprano), Alan Mooney (actor), Clare Wilkinson (mezzo), Mark Denham (actor), Katharine Peachey (actress), Anna Skye (actress), Gina Peach (actress), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (baritone) & Giles Underwood (bass)

I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth

The Full Monteverdi follows the simultaneous break-up of six couples from shocking revelation, vengeful anger and erotic longing for reconciliation, as an ensemble film. Vulnerable and disarming, it will draw you into its emotional journey and intensely moving portrait of contemporary love. Sung in Italian – optional English subtitles

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BBC Music Magazine

February 2008


“John La Bouchardière who has taken these generalised, non-narrative musical expressions of love and tried to match them to a plot of his own devising. The whole thing is set mostly in a restaurant with various couples arguing, having affairs, and making up. The glorious music is sung with conviction, though I Fagiolini do have one or two tuning problems.”

Gramophone Magazine

April 2008

“The first thing to say about this brilliant film is that it is extremely well sung. The second thing is that you need to be in pretty good emotional shape in order to enjoy, or perhaps I should say survive, the experience of watching it. What John Le Bouchardière has done is to use Monteverdi's Fourth Book of Madrigals as the vehicle for tracing the break-up in the relationships of six couples.”

The Times

“Music-theatre hit of the decade … bleak but brilliant”

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