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Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 2: Mantova

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Disc of the Month - January 2015

Catalogue No:

AF003

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1

Release date:

29th Sept 2014

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3149028058925

Length:

73 minutes

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Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 2: Mantova

Excerpts from Books IV, V and VI


Monteverdi:

Sfogava con le stelle (from Il quarto libro de madrigali)

Si ch'io vorrei morire

Voi pur da me partite

Anima dolorosa che vivendo

Piagn' e sospira

Cruda Amarilli (Book 5)

O Mirtillo, anima mia

Era l'anima mia

T'amo mia vita (Book 5)

E cosi a poco a poco

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Zefiro torna

Sestina – Incenerite spoglie

Ditelo, o fiumi, e voi, ch'udiste Glauco

Dara la notte il sol lume alla terra

Ma te raccogli, O Ninfa, in grembo 'l Cielo

Chiome d'oro (Book 7)

Dunque, amate reliqui, un mar di pianto

Questi vaghi concenti

excerpts from Books IV, V and VI


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With this album Les Arts Florissants inaugurate a three-volume series devoted to the finest pages of Monteverdi’s madrigals. Each volume will be linked to one of the cities that marked the composer’s life: the present opus dedicated to Mantova (extracts from Books IV, V and VI) will be followed by two others devoted to Cremona (April 2015 - Books I, II and III) and Venice (February 2016 - Books VII and VIII). These publications all draw on the indepth work carried out by Paul Agnew at the head of an ensemble that has already shone in this repertoire on numerous European stages. The birth of a milestone series, in a beautifully designed boxset, featuring a new text commissioned by Les Arts Florissants by René de Ceccatty, the renowned French writer.

Claudio Monteverdi: Quarto Libro di madrigali

I. Sfogava con le stelle

II. Si ch'io vorrei morire

III. Voi pur da me partite

IV. Anima dolorosa

V. Piagn' e sospira, e quand' i caldi raggi

Claudio Monteverdi: Quinto Libro di madrigali

I. Cruda Amarilli, che col nome ancora

II. O Mirtillo, Mirtill' anima mia

III. Era l'anima mia

IV. T'amo mia vita, la mia cara vita

V. E cosi a poco a poco

Claudio Monteverdi: Sesto Libro di madrigali, Lamento d'Arianna

I. Lasciatemi morire

II. O Teseo, o Teseo moi

III. Dove, dove è la fede

IV. Ahi, che non pur risponde

Claudio Monteverdi: Sesto Libro di madrigali: Zefiro torna, e 'l bel tempo rimena

Sesto Libro di madrigali: Zefiro torna, e 'l bel tempo rimena

Claudio Monteverdi: Sesto Libro di madrigali, Sestina

I. Incenerite spoglie, avara tomba

II. Ditelo, o fiumi, e voi, ch'udiste Glauco

III. Dara la notte il sol lume alla terra

IV. Ma te raccogli, O Ninfa, in grembo 'l Cielo

V. O chiome d'or, neve gentil del seno

VI. Dunque, amate reliqui, un mar di pianto

Claudio Monteverdi: Quinto Libro di madrigali

Questi vaghi concenti

The Guardian

27th November 2014

****

“As you would expect from this source, the performances are immaculate, the vocal colouring, the phrasing and the ensemble utterly refined. Some may prefer an earthier, more Italianate approach in this music, but the sheer accomplishment of Les Arts Florissants is hard to resist.”

Sunday Times

30th November 2014

“the vocalists — Agnew sings and directs from within the ensemble — give us Monteverdi’s own five-voice arrangement of Arianna’s Lament, delivered with the dramatic intensity and attention to textual clarity and dynamic variety that are the hallmarks of the ensemble’s Monteverdi.”

Early Music Review

December 2014

“This is a very impressive recording...The level of control and unanimity of the singers is astonishing, as is the huge sense of commitment to the words which permeate the recording. Some initial shock at the intensity of some passages and the closeness to the edge to which the singers push the dissonance, gives way to admiration...the singers of Les Arts Florissants have got the measure of Monteverdi's writing...This is definitely a must buy.”

Audiophile Audition

22nd December 2014

“Agnew not only directs but sings also, and the group that William Christie founded remains in tip-top shape…the sheer perfection of execution and vibrant tonality of these performances are hard to dismiss.”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2015

“Agnew's selection is impeccably judged...Les Arts Florissants have not so rich a sound as their Italian counterparts but the lighter timbre makes for a texture of rare transparency, an elfin capacity to render changes that can be properly breathtaking...And if you don't know a single volume should be enough to persuade you that you ought to have done, long ago.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2015

****

“This group of performers is commendably aware of [the] move towards expressive freedom: we get from them searing moments of deep anguish...and mesmerising stillness...[and] the finest performance on disc of [the] last madrigal with its incredibly avant-garde dissonances.”

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