Monteverdi - Scherzi Musicali | Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord HMA1951855

Monteverdi - Scherzi Musicali


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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord

Cat No: HMA1951855

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 26th January 2015



Maria Cristina Kiehr (soprano)
Stephan MacLeod (baritone)
Concerto Soave


Jean-Marc Aymes



Toccata arpeggiata

Frescobaldi, Girolamo

Il secondo libro di Toccate
» Aria detta balletto

Monteverdi, Claudio

Come faro, cuor mio, SV11
Ecco di dolci raggi
Eri gia tutta mia
Et e pur dunque vero
Io ch'armato sin hor
Lettera amorosa 'Se i languidi miei sguardi', SV141
Maledetto sia l'aspetto
Ohime ch'io cado, SV316
Piu lieto il guardo
Quando sperai del mio servir mercede, SV10
Quel sguardo sdegnosetto
Scherzi musicali
» Clori amorosa d'amor rubella, SV243
» Damigella tutta bella, SV235
» De la bellezza le dovute lodi, SV245:2.1
» Fugge il verno dei dolori, SV232
» Lidia spina del mio core, SV244
» Quando l'alba in oriente, SV233
Si dolce e'l tormento, SV332


Maria Cristina Kiehr (soprano)
Stephan MacLeod (baritone)
Concerto Soave


Jean-Marc Aymes


In addition to his books of madrigals, Monteverdi also practised throughout his life less ambitious vocal forms which he designated canzonette, arie or scherzi. Here is a broad selection of these, from the canzonette published in 1584 – when he was only 17 – to the two books of 'Scherzi musicali'.

I shall be surprised if this one doesn’t feature in my Christmas list.” - Hugh Canning, Classical CD of the Week, The Sunday Times, 24 July 2005

"Maria Cristina Kiehr's cool, androgynous tones are most impressive in the simplicity of Si dolce e'l tormento and the Lettera Amorosa. The instrumental solos are superb." - Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday, 3 July 2005

The dulcet tones of Maria Cristina Kiehr combine beautifully with the potent bass-baritone of Stephan MacLeod in these charmingly refined works, under the expert baton of Jean-Marc Aymes” - Anthony Holden, The Observer, 10 July 2005

one of the most uplifting releases of the summer so far.” - Simon Heighes, CD Review, BBC Radio 3, 16 July 2005

Kiehr makes wonderfully expressive use of shading to bleach her voice of all colour at one moment and make it seductively honeyed the next, and is supported with sparky instrumental playing by the members of Concerto Soave.” - Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 5 August 2005

Gorgeous singing from María Cristina Kiehr captures the sensuous pleasures of Monteverdi’s exquisite miniatures. Highly recommended.” - Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine, September 2005

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