Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

This page lists all recordings of Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire', by Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (1567-1643) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.


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Lamento: Romina Basso

Lamento: Romina Basso


Lamento della Maria Stuarda


Capriccio di Durezze (1624)


Toccata Seconda Arpeggiata


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'


Squarciato appena havea

Rossi, Luigi:

Lamento della Regina de Svezia


Lagrime mie

Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano)

Latinitas Nostra

This is the first solo recital recording of mezzo soprano Romina Basso, yet currently one of the most busy and outstanding baroque specialists. Recorded in Athens with the Greek musicians of the Latinitas Notra ensemble and led by Markellos Chryssicos, this striking record offers incandescent and special performances of Italian baroque masterpieces that feature among the most heart-rending, including: Monteverdi’s 'Lamento d’Arianna', Rossi’s 'Lamento della regina di Svezia' and Strozzi’s 'Lagrime mie'.

Romina Basso studied with Peter Maag, Regina Resnik, Rockwell Blake and Claudio Desderi, specialising in Baroque repertory and Rossini. She won prizes at national and international competitions including Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. She regularly collaborates with orchestras and ensembles such as Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Il Complesso Barocco, Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini, Le Concert des Nations, Europa Galante, Ensemble 415, Ensemble Matheus, Les Arts Florissants, Les Musiciens du Louvre, The King’s Consort, Modo Antiquo, the Ricercar Consort, the OAE, the Accademia of Santa Cecilia Orchestra and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Romina Basso’s discography (on several different labels) includes Galuppi’s 'L’Olimpiade' (DVD); sacred music by Jommelli and Galuppi; Scarlatti’s 'Carlo, re d’Alemagna'; Handel’s ‘Carmelite Vespers’, Italian cantatas, 'Tolomeo' and 'Berenice'; Vivaldi’s 'Montezuma', 'Ercole sul Termodonte', and 'Oracolo in Messenia'. For Naïve, she has recorded Vivaldi’s 'Atenaide', 'Armida', 'Orlando furioso' (DVD), 'Orlando' 1714, 'Catone in Utica', and ‘New Discoveries’, the pasticcio 'L’Olimpiade' and Handel’s 'Giulio Cesare'.

“The declamatory idiom requires an actor as much as a singer, and Romina Basso certainly fits the bill. She weeps, sighs, rages and pleads, wringing high drama from these emotive texts - a veritable Maria Callas of Baroque music.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ****

“Basso sings with emotional virtuosity in an intensely plangent performance [of the Strozzi].” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“Among the greatest of all baroque interpreters, Basso is breathtakingly expressive and persuasive...Exceptional.” The Guardian, 26th June 2014 *****

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Monteverdi: Heaven and Earth

Monteverdi: Heaven and Earth


Toccata (L'Orfeo)

L'Orfeo: 'Dal mio Parnasso amato'

Zefiro torna

Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben (Book 7)

Chiome d'oro (Book 7)

Addio Roma! (from L'incoronazione di Poppea)

A Dio, Florida bella (Book 6)

Interrotte speranze

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Possente Spirto (from l'Orfeo)

O come sei gentile

Lamento della Ninfa (Book 8)

Cruda Amarilli (Book 5)

Hor che'l ciel e la terra (Book 8)

Fourth release on the new VIVAT label features an outstanding collection of vocal music by Claudio Monteverdi.

14 glorious tracks present an exquisitely varied programme on the theme of love in all its conflicting emotions, its joys and sweet pains affecting gods and mere mortals.

All-star cast including Carolyn Sampson, Sarah Connolly, Rebecca Outram, Charles Daniels and James Gilchrist joined by The King’s Consort’s highly colourful instrumental ensemble.

Includes the melancholy ‘Lamento della Ninfa’, the virtuoso ‘Zefiro torna’, exquisite love duets, Orfeo’s famous ‘Possente spirto’, a plangent lament from ‘Poppea’, and Monteverdi’s extraordinary ‘Hor che il ciel’.

Recorded in the unsurpassed acoustic of St Jude-on-the-Hill, London.

48 page booklet with authoritative liner note by renowned Monteverdi scholar Prof. John Whenham, plus full texts and translations.

“The star item in the opera selections is the aria 'Possente spirto'...[Charles Daniels] is vocally clear and magically acrobatic in the melodic cascades...Connolly's rendering of Poppea's farewell to Rome ('A Dio, Roma') is a revelation, powerful and moving...[the recordings'] consistent musicality provides an impressive introduction to Monteverdi's art.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 *****

“Recorded in 2002, but previously unreleased, this is a “greatest hits”, and none the worse for that...some of the choicest numbers from the last four books of madrigals, each work a distilled music drama.” Sunday Times

“Given the impressive cast involved, this anthology is in a sense self-recommending...This mix of opera and madrigal is a deft piece of programming, arguably worth the price of admission.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

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Lamento della Maria Stuarda

Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)


Hipparco, e di Climene, Lamento d’Egisto

Rolando Villazón (tenor)

Acate, Ilioneo, Lamento di Enea

Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)

Alle ruine del mio regno, Lamento d’Ecuba e Cassandra

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (alto) & Patrizia Ciofi (soprano)


Dure noie, Lamento d’Atamante

Laurent Naouri (bass-baritone)

Landi, S:

Superbe colli

Christopher Purves (baritone)


Lamento della Ninfa (Book 8)

Natalie Dessay (soprano), Simon Wall (tenor), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor) & Christopher Purves (baritone)

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Véronique Gens (soprano)

Addio Roma! (from L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

Tu se’ morta mia vita, Lamento d’Orfeo

Rolando Villazón (tenor)


L'Eraclito amoroso 'Udite amanti'

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)

Le Concert Astrée, Emmanuelle Haim

Emmanuelle Haim follows her 2006 recording of Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with an unusual and inventive programme on the theme of the Lamento, the literary and dramatic form that found its seventeenth-century musical archetype in Monteverdi’s celebrated Lamento d’Arianna.

Emmanuelle Haim has taken great care in choosing 9 soloists to perform these demanding works amongst which Véronique Gens sings the Lamento d’Arianna, the tantalising fragment from Monteverdi’s lost opera of 1608; Natalie Dessay is the abandoned nymph in the very different Lamento della ninfa from the Eighth Book of Madrigals. Alongside these familiar works by Monteverdi the programme includes Philippe Jaroussky in Barbara Strozzi’s dramatic monologue L’Eraclito amoroso, probably written for Strozzi herself, Carissimi’s Lamento di Maria Stuarda (with Patrizia Ciofi) and Strozzi’s teacher Cavalli’s Lamento d’Egisto (with Rolando Villazón, who also sings Orfeo’s Lamento). Joyce DiDonato, recently signed to EMI/Virgin Classics as an exclusive artist, adds Ottavia’s heartrending farewell to Rome from Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.

“This all-star cast includes the ravishing Natalie Dessay as Monteverdi's forsaken nymph, Véronique Gens, a proud, desolate Ariadne, and Joyce DiDonato, who sings Octavia's farewell with extraordinary dramatic passion. Much of the interest of this disc lies in its subtleties, Emmanuelle Haïm highlighting telling details...” BBC Music Magazine, November 2008 *****

“Waif-like, driven, messianic or explosive, non-conformist, unruly, either way, the conductor Emmanuelle Haim has enough charisma to draw crowds in her wake. Haim is the most dynamic force to have hit the period movement since the 1970s. She’s a born leader” Financial Times

“Haim’s meteoric rise has been well charted by the press. It’s easy to understand the excitement - her enthusiasm is infectious, her conducting demeanour distinctive, and her knowledge intense.” Gramophone Magazine

“A starry host of singers bring their talents to bear on Haïm's programme” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

“Haim is pure dynamite” The Telegraph

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The Art Of Alfred Deller

The Art Of Alfred Deller

Classic Vanguard Recordings


Sumer is icumen in


Come, pretty babe


La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem


Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'


Matona mia cara


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'


Now is the month of maying

In Dew of Roses

Parsons, R:



Il est bel et bon


Music for a while, Z583

I attempt from love's sickness to fly in vain (from The Indian Queen)

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Mystery’s Song (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

If music be the food of love, Z379


Da Te Parto


Erhöre mich, wenn ich rufe, SWV 289


The Three Ravens

The Cuckoo

Barbara Allen

Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain

I will give my love an apple

The Oak and the ash (A north country lass)

King Henry



To shorten winter's sadness


Thus Saith My Cloris Bright

Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupré (lute), Walter Bergman (harpsichord), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

The Deller Consort, Oriana Concert Choir and Orchestra, Ensemble of Baroque Instruments, Leonhardt Baroque Ensemble

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Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire', etc.


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'


Books 7-9

Helga Müller-Molinari

Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs

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Madrigals of Madness

Madrigals of Madness


Scaramella va alla guerra

Flecha I:

Ensalada 'La bomba'


Felicissimo sonno

O dolorosa gioia

Moro, lasso, al mio duolo

Già piansi nel dolore

Gibbons, O:

What is our life?


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

O Teseo, Teseo mio

Dove, dov'e la fede

Ahi, ch'ei non pur risponde


Too much I once lamented

Calmus Ensemble

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Monteverdi: L’Orfeo

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo



German version by Carl Orff (1895-1982)

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'


Raymond Wolansky, Ingeborg Bremert, Lucretia West, Ernst Wiemann, Otto Arneth

Südfunkchor Stuttgart, Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Ferdinand Leitner

Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo first Performed in 1607 was composed by one of the most respected musicians in Northern Italy and is thought to be the first full opera ever performed. This piece combined the musical interludes with the drama itself creating an exciting new Genre with new possibilities for composers across the globe.

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Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna & Scherzi musicali

Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna & Scherzi musicali


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Maledetto sia l'aspetto

Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

Eri già tutta mia

Ecco di dolci raggi

Et è pur dunque vero

Zefiro torna a 2

Armato il cor d’adamantina fede

Libro Nono di Magrigali e Canzonette: Si dolce è'l tormento

Perchè se m'odiavi

Ohime ch'io cado

La mia turca

Disprezzata regina (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Rosita Frisani (soprano), Manuela Custer (mezzo-soprano)

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Respighi: Arianna - Liriche da Camera

Respighi: Arianna - Liriche da Camera


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'


Sei Melodie

Canzone sarda, P. 155

Le funtanelle, P. 164

Quattro Liriche dal Poema Paradisiaco di Gabriele d'Annunzio, P. 125

Sei Liriche, prima serie (1909), P. 90

Arie scozzesi (4), P. 143

Monica Bacelli (mezzo-soprano) & Aldo Orvieto (piano)

After winning the Concorso Belli, Monica Bacelli made her debut in Spoleto as Cherubino and Dorabella. Since then her career has taken her to major theatres in Italy and throughout the world including La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, Salzburg Festival, Covent Garden and to leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Her wide repertoire includes all the principle Mozart roles for mezzo soprano (Idamante, Cherubino, Elvira, Dorabella and Sesto), Rossini, baroque (Monteverdi, Cavalli, Handel) as well as French operas including Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Werther, Don Quichotte and L’Enfant et les sortilèges.

Monica Bacelli is recognised as a leading interpreter of contemporary music both in concert and on the stage. She has sung many world premieres including the title role in Ivan Fedele’s Antigone at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She is noted for her long collaboration with Luciano Berio who wrote several roles for her as well as the chamber work Altra voce presented at the Salzburg Festival as part of the Pollini project, and repeated in New York, Tokyo, Paris and Rome.

She has also sung Berio’s Folk Songs many times including at La Scala Milan, with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Ensemble Intercontemporain and at the Proms in London.

Her searching interpretative curiosity, her interest in chamber music and her research into unusual vocal repertoire have led her in recent years into a wide variety of projects ranging from early to contemporary music, with a focus on Italian art song of the 20th century.

Monica Bacelli is the recipient of the Premio Abbiati, a prize awarded by the Italian music critics.

“Respighi song recitals are a rarity, so this CD is welcome. The Sei melodie and Sei Liriche (both 1909) combine aesthetic delicacy with ripely flowing lyricism.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****

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Monteverdi: Arie et Lamenti; Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi

Monteverdi: Arie et Lamenti; Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi


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

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Ohime ch'io cado

with Ton Koopman

Lettera amorosa

with Ton Koopman

Libro Nono di Magrigali e Canzonette: Si dolce è'l tormento

with Ton Koopman

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

with Ton Koopman

Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

with Ton Koopman

Salve, O Regina

with Ton Koopman

O quam pulchra es

with Ton Koopman

Exulta, filia Sion

with Ton Koopman

Pianto della Madonna 'Iam moriar, mi fili' (sopra il Lamento dell'Arianna), SV 288

with Ton Koopman

Venite, videte

with Ton Koopman

This set gathers 2 albums released in 1990 and 1994.

Each of them definitely established Montserrat Figueras as one of the best performers of Claudio Monteverdi’s vocal music. At this time, she developed an innovative style of interpretation, characterised by great fidelity to historical sources, combined with an extraordinary creative and expressive power, that has exerted a decisive influence on the whole historical music movement.

Vocal music before 1800 required a new technical and stylistic approach capable of restoring to the beauty and emotion of the voice, that most human of all forms of expression, the necessary balance between singing and declamation, with an emphasis on the poetic and spiritual dimension of the text.

She is accompanied by Jordi Savall on CD1 and Ton Koopman on CD2.

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