Monteverdi: Il nono libro de madrigali, 1651 (9th Book of Madrigals)

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Monteverdi: Madrigali Libro IX

Monteverdi: Madrigali Libro IX


Il nono libro de madrigali, 1651

Le Nuove Musiche, Krijn Koetsveld

A new instalment of the Monteverdi XL project, the recording of the complete Madrigals by Le Nuove Musiche conducted by Krijn Koetsveld.

The preface suggests that Monteverdi himself compiled the 9th Book of Madrigals. He called it “Madrigali e canzonette a due e tre voci”. It is a mixture of the olden time madrigals with their equality of voices and the Canzonettas, with their predominance of one solo voice (like an opera aria), and which were all the rage by then.

The vocal ensemble Le Nuove Musiche consists of the elite of Dutch Early Music vocalists, led by eminent conductor and scholar Krijn Koetsveld. Their first Monteverdi recording, the Books 5 & 6 (BC93799) received excellent reviews in the international press, among which a “5 star” in the French Diapason and a “10” in Dutch classical magazine Luister.

The complete songs texts and their English translation are included in the booklet.

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Monteverdi - Primo libro & nono libro dei madrigali

Monteverdi - Primo libro & nono libro dei madrigali


Il primo libro de madrigali, 1587

Il nono libro de madrigali, 1651

To complete their masterful Monteverdi Edition, Claudio Cavina and La Venexiana start at the beginning - the Madrigali a cinque voci… Book One. Monteverdi's exploration of the madrigal art form, was to occupy the composer for more than 50 years.

In approaching the Libro primo, published in 1587 when the composer was barely 20 years old, yet demonstrably showing clear evidence of to his approaching maturity, La Venexiana's performances are faithful to Monteverdi's passion for the written word, above all to the weighty theme of

love. In this final release in the Monteverdi Edition Cavina adds a twist in the tail by including on this new CD the madrigals from the posthumous Book nine put together by the composer's Venetian publisher.

“This final volume of La Venexiana's superb complete edition brings together the beginning and the end of Monteverdi's madrigalian journey. The key characteristic shared by the 20-year-old composer's five-part pieces and the posthumously published canzonettas is his ability to write music that seems to grow spontaneously out of the words. La Venexiana's perfectly enunciated singing does full justice to the meticulously placed gestures and anguished chromatic harmonies.” Elizabeth Roche, The Telegraph, 28th June 2008

“[La Venexiana] deliver what remains of [Book 9] with a wonderful sense of line, purity of tone, and instinct for colour and meaning, the quality of the music sometimes lets them down. If there is nothing in the first book to compare with the glories of the vocal writing that emerged over the next five decades, there's not too much in the ninth that's really out of the top drawer either.” The Guardian, 23rd May 2008 ***

“There is some terrific bass solo singing by Matteo Bellotto in 'Alcun non mi consigli' a nice theatrical delivery in 'Bel pastor', and some engaging bravura in 'Zefiro torna'.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2008 ****

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