Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614 (6th Book of Madrigals)

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Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614

Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614


Rinaldo Alessandrini is one of today’s most eminent Monteverdi authorities, and his highly acclaimed recordings with Concerto Italiano are now widely recognised as a reference point for music lovers all over the world. Recent achievements include the completion of Monteverdi’s trilogy of operas (directed by Robert Wilson) at La Scala in Milan and at the Opéra National de Paris, and a triumphal concert tour in Australia and New Zealand with the Vespro della Beata Vergine.

To mark the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth, Arcana is proud to reissue the seminal recording of the Sixth Book of Madrigals performed by Concerto Italiano, which is also one of Arcana’s bestsellers.

Rinaldo Alessandrini describes the Sixth Book as the book of separation: permanent in the case of death; temporary in the case of lovers at daybreak. It is the book of poignant expression which culminates in the cycles of lamenti, whose autobiographical character is well known: the successive deaths of Monteverdi’s wife (Claudia Cattaneo) and his favourite singer (Caterina Martinelli). Its density of expression, its ‘italianità’, not exempt from theatricality, by turns luminous and despairing, make it the place where interpretation is the fundamental element, capable of overwhelming our contemporaries.

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Baroque Voices 47 - Monteverdi: Sixth Book of Madrigals

Baroque Voices 47 - Monteverdi: Sixth Book of Madrigals


Monteverdi:

Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614


The miracle of the beauty of these Monteverdi Madrigals lies in the perfect combination of music and text. The musical line is flexible and expressive. Each voice conveys exquisitely the moans, sighs and charm, beseeching, whispering and passion contained in the words. Here an aesthetic is elevated into an absolute art.

Naive Baroque Voices - OP30522

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Monteverdi: Madrigali Libri V & VI

Monteverdi: Madrigali Libri V & VI


Monteverdi:

Il quinto libro de madrigali, 1605

Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614


Nuove Musiche, Krijn Koetsveld

In the 16th century madrigals were all the rage, and the country where the genre was perfected was Italy. The motet had reached Italy from the Netherlands and France during the previous 200 years, and had been infused with the ‘new’ polyphonic style of composition. Italy was also the country that had produced the greatest poetry of the Renaissance, including Petrach and Tasso.

The fusion of music and this wonderful poetry inspired many of the great Italian composersof the period such as Caccini, and most importantly Monteverdi.

The madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi represent the final development of the form and are without doubt the greatest examples. He composed eight books between 1585 and 1635. They are composed for a small vocal ensemble of five voices, with harpsichord and theorbo (a large lute) continuo.

Monteverdi’s genius as a composer of opera can be heard in the drama he creates in these madrigals. They can be described with some justification as mini operas.

Le Nuova Musiche was formed in 2004 and specialises in music from the first half of the 17th century. The members of the group are not only first class musicians, but have the benefit of in depth knowledge of the performing practices and manuscripts of the repertoire.

Brilliant Classics Monteverdi Complete Madrigals - 93799

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Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614

Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614


Delitiae Musicae, Marco Longhini

“The performances are compelling, simultaneously controlled and imaginative. This is very demanding music to take to a deep level of interpretation. Delitiae Musicae goes beyond a ‘fine rendering’ of Monteverdi's intentions…. Instances of excellence are too numerous to describe here” American Record Guide

Naxos Monteverdi Madrigals - 8555312-13

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Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614

Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614


“Alessandrini and his crew employ a tense, edgy rhetoric to reveal an inner psychology while sacrificing neither precision of ensemble nor beauty of sound. Concerto Italiano are now such a sensitive instrument that they respond to the emotional exigencies of the texts like silk to the breeze. Listen to the passionate terza parte of the Lamento d’Arianna; or the final line of Zefiro torna, where the drawn-out dissonances are almost physically painful… I could find a hundred such examples without ever conveying the many excellencies of this recording.” Gramophone

“Three things stand out about Alessandrini's version. First, his extraordinary feel for the words… Second, his revised edition which gives him access to newly revealed dissonances… And third, his generally upbeat tempos… which lend a marvellous freshness to 'Qui rise' and other tracks.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2006 ****

“Monteverdi's Sixth Book of Madrigals (1614) is significant for including both traditional polyphonic and stile nuove concerted madrigals. In his booklet-notes, Rinaldo Alessandrini points out that this is also a 'book of partings': many of the madrigals seem to have been written much earlier than the published date, at a time when Monteverdi suffered the loss of his wife Claudia and his live-in pupil, the singer Caterina Martinelli.
All the texts deal with loss both temporary or permanent – although it's touching to note that the final madrigal, Presso un fiume tranquillo, paints a lovers' reconciliation possibly emblematic of a Heavenly reunion.
When discussing this repertoire it's almost a cliché to say that Concerto Italiano's approach is analytical, La Venexiana's more broadly coalescent (on Glossa). However, this new recording really goes far beyond the supple elegance of line for which La Venexiana are famous, with Alessandrini and his crew employing a tense, edgy rhetoric to reveal an inner psychology while sacrificing neither precision of ensemble nor beauty of sound. Concerto Italiano are now such a sensitive instrument that they respond to the emotional exigencies of the texts like silk to the breeze. Listen to the passionate terza parte of the Lamento d'Arianna; or the final line of Zefirotorna, where the drawn-out dissonances are almost physically painful; or the incredible dynamic and rhythmic control in the Sestina; or the fluid, frighteningly accurate ornamentation in Qui rise, o Tirsi. You could find 100 such examples without ever conveying the many excellences of this recording.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Naive - OP30423

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Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614

Monteverdi: Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614


"The elite Italian ensemble La Venexiana bring words and music vividly to life." The Sunday Times

Glossa - La Venexiana Monteverdi Madrigals - GCD920926

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Monteverdi: Madrigali

Monteverdi: Madrigali


Monteverdi:

Il primo libro de madrigali, 1587

Il settimo libro de madrigali, 1619 'Concerto'

Il secondo libro de madrigali, 1590

Il terzo libro de madrigali, 1592

Il sesto libro de madrigali, 1614

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


Erato - 0833972

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