Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

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Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 2: Mantova

Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 2: Mantova

Excerpts from Books IV, V and VI


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

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.

“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.” The Guardian, 27th 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.” Sunday Times, 30th November 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.” Early Music Review, 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.” Audiophile Audition, 22nd December 2014

“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.” Gramophone Magazine, January 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.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ****

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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

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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)

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Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna & Madrigals

Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna & Madrigals


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'


Books 7-9

Helga Müller-Molinari

Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs

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The Italian Dramatic Lament

The Italian Dramatic Lament

Caccini, G:

Vedrò 'l mio sol

Amarilli mia bella

Amor ch'attendi


Sferraina (from Libro Quarto)

Capona (from Libro Quarto)

Passacaglia (from Libro Quarto)


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

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

Peri, J:

Al fonte al prato

Lungi dal vostro lume

Se tu parti da me

Uccidimi dolore


Ancor che col partire

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Anime Amanti

Anime Amanti

Caccini, G:

Dolcissimo sospiro

Belle rose porporine

Dovrò dunque morire

La bella man vi stringo

Amarilli mia bella


Allemanda La Villega

La Soave Melodia



Voi Ch'ascoltate

Vorrei baciarti, o Filli

Ma che? Squallido e oscuro


Folle e ben che si crede


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Ohime ch'io cado

Ecco di dolci raggi

Il Sol Armato

Addio Roma! (from L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Raimondi, P P:



L'Eraclito amoroso 'Udite amanti'

Roberta Mameli (soprano) & Luca Pianca (lute)

A voice, a lute, a sigh. Nothing could be simpler and more immemorial. This expression of sentiments and emotions, of the intermittencies of the heart and the shadows of the soul, is of course as old as the world. Yet it was truly a reconquest of the Renaissance.

With Caccini, the ‘new music’ at once found a miraculous melodist. He composed a Euridice, performed in 1602, two years after Jacopo Peri’s setting and five years before Monteverdi’s Orfeo. The Renaissance did not know opera, but long secreted that genre soon to be born. And it is brand-new opera that opens and closes this recording, through the voice of its first visionary, Claudio Monteverdi. His Lamento d’Arianna, the centrepiece of a lost work, expresses sorrow, regrets, revolt through the very music of the Italian language, here brought to white heat. The ‘new music’ spread throughout Italy: Merula in Cremona, Falconieri in Naples, and Barbara Strozzi, the most famous woman composer of the age, in Venice. The Italian soprano Roberta Mameli is a great lover of this music, which she performs with an outstanding feeling for words and drama. Luca Pianca offers her his artistry and his great experience. Roberta Mameli is joining Alpha for several recordings, which will guide us towards other rarities and other periods.

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Il pianto della Madonna

Il pianto della Madonna


Salve Regina


Toccata Prima




Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna 'Hor ch'è il tempo di dormire'


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Ortiz, D:

Segunda Sobre Doulce Memoire

Rossi, Luigi:

Passacaille del sign[or]Louigi


Stabat Mater


Salve Regina

O Maria

Maïlys de Villoutreys (soprano), Ronan Khalil (harpsichord)

Ensemble Desmarest, Ronan Khalil

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Anne Sofie von Otter sings Handel, Monteverdi & Telemann

Anne Sofie von Otter sings Handel, Monteverdi & Telemann


Hercules: Where shall I fly?

E pur così in un giorno ... Piangerò, la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto)

Semele: Where'er you walk


O rosetta che rosetta; La violetta (from Scherzi Musicali)

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'


Cantate oder Trauer-music eines kunsterfahrenen Canarienvogels TVWV 20: 37

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Jazz and Renaissance - from Italy to Brazil

Bassano, G:

Divisions on "Onques amour" by Thomas Crequillon

Davis, M:



Flow my teares (Lacrimæ)

Mourne, mourne, day is with darknesse

In darkness let me dwell




Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)


The Girl from Ipanema



Toccata arpeggiata (1604)



Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna 'Hor ch'è il tempo di dormire'

Monk, T:

'Round Midnight


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Parker, Charlie:



Canzona terza

Wolf, A H:


Hugo Siegmeth (soprano/tenor saxophone & bass clarinet) & Axel Wolf (lute & theorbo)

The lutenist Axel Wolf and the saxophonist Hugo Siegmeth – who join forces here – are two musicians with roots in completely different musical disciplines.

A virtuoso on the lute and theorbo, Axel Wolf specialises in the Renaissance and des Baroque periods, whereas Hugo Siegmeth, saxophonist and composer, is an expert on modern jazz and contemporary music.

Although several centuries lie between the heydays of both musical styles, the two musicians both place special focus on improvisation: involvement in the surprising moment and in spontaneous interaction.

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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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