Monteverdi - Madrigali Libro VII
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 94980
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 4th December 2015
ArtistsLe Nuove Musiche
This new instalment of the Monteverdi Complete Madrigals contains the complete Book VII, on two CDs.
Monteverdi is the Master of the Madrigal, the unaccompanied vocal composition for up to 5 voices, on secular texts. Monteverdi developed the Renaissance form of a static, strictly polyphonic setting into a dramatic work in which the expression of feeling is prominent, paving the way for the Baroque Monody, the setting of a solo melody to the accompaniment of the other voices. The range of sentiments, the boldness of harmony and counterpoint, and the dramatic impact of these works mark Monteverdi as one of the first geniuses of Western Music.
In the 7th Book Monteverdi breaks away from the traditional Madrigal. The set contains vocal duets with more instrumental ritornellos in concertante style, a complex worked‐out bass and highly developed ornamentation of the vocal lines.
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.
The extensive booklet notes include the complete sung texts in Italian and English.
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