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Monteverdi: The Complete Madrigal Books



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Monteverdi: The Complete Madrigal Books

Limited Edition


Il primo libro de madrigali, 1587

Il nono libro de madrigali, 1651

Il secondo libro de madrigali, 1590

Il terzo libro de madrigali, 1592

Il quarto libro de madrigali, 1603

Il quinto libro de madrigali, 1605

Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614

Il settimo libro de madrigali, 1619 'Concerto'

Il ottavo libro de madrigali, 1638 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi'

Bonus CD: Live in Corsica, 2002 + Data: PDFs of all original booklets

CD - 12 discs


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Recorded between January 1998 and July 2006

The extraordinary series of recordings of the nine published books of madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi, by Claudio Cavina, with him directing (and singing in) the Italian ensemble La Venexiana, is now being made available in an advantageously-priced box set on Glossa. Completed in 2006, this multi-award winning cycle set new standards in textual declamation, rhetorical colour and harmonic refinement, reflecting the individual singers’ grasp of the compositional pearls created by Monteverdi's poetic gems, with works spanning half a century.

Some of the major works to be found in La Venexiana’s survey include the 'Lamento della ninfa', the 'Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' and the 'Lamento d’Arianna'. An added attraction is the addition, as a bonus CD, of the 'Live in Corsica' album of Monteverdi madrigals recorded by La Venexiana in 2002.

This limited edition box set reflects Glossa’s innovative design style used for the individual volumes and includes all the original booklets as a pdf, plus a newly-commisioned essay from Stefano Russomanno, who wrote the notes for the individual volumes. He considers the entire span of these nine books, Monteverdi’s compositional development as a radical, if not reforming artist, and his devotion, above all, to the word.

Early Music Today

December 2014

“Don’t hesitate to snap up this limited edition box-set from Glossa – one of the most important Monteverdi releases of recent years.”

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