Monteverdi - Il pianto della Madonna | Glossa GCD922805

Monteverdi - Il pianto della Madonna

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD922805

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th March 2016



With Monteverdi's Il pianto della Madonna, La Compagnia del Madrigale provide a stunning follow-up to their award-winning recording, also on Glossa, of the Fifth Book of madrigals by Marenzio.

Recorded in Roletto, they present the spiritual version of the celebrated Lamento d’Arianna from the lost opera Arianna Il pianto della Madonna – sung in a distinctive polyphonic reworking prepared especially for La Compagnia del Madrigale. Pastoral concerns in Monteverdi’s madrigals, such as in the Fourth and Fifth Books, make way for reflections on the Crucifixion or the Nativity through the new religious texts supplied by the likes of Angelo Grillo and Aquilino Coppini, which nonetheless fit the music more than aptly. Included also are some of Monteverdi’s own religious compositions, as published by Giulio Cesare Bianchi, and including the extensive Litaniae lauretanae.

In the booklet essay Marco Bizzarini brings his deep understanding of the interplay of words and music in Italy in Monteverdi’s time, underscoring the skill, experience and sheer musicality of La Compagnia del Madrigale.


As with other recordings by La Compagnie del Madrigale, we get superb tuning ... and infinitely nuanced renderings of the texts. ... The sonorities of ‘Stabat virgo Maria’ are beautifully handled, and the singers coax real drama out of ‘Domine, ne in furore’ with its references to the anger and vexations of God.  Anthony Pryer
BBC Music Magazine June 2016

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