Monteverdi - Madrigali Libri III & IV | Brilliant Classics 95151

Monteverdi - Madrigali Libri III & IV

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95151

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 22nd April 2016

Contents

Artists

Le Nuove Musiche

Conductor

Krijn Koetsveld

Works

Monteverdi, Claudio

Madrigals, Book 3: SV60-74
Madrigals, Book 4: SV75-93

Artists

Le Nuove Musiche

Conductor

Krijn Koetsveld

About

Le Nuove Musiche, led by acclaimed director Krijn Koetsveld, continue with their exceptional series of Claudio Monteverdi’s complete madrigals. Following on from Books V & VI (93799), and Book VII (94980BR), released in December 2015, they turn their attention to Books III & IV. At this stage of Monteverdi’s career, he was at a turning point, something that comes across quite clearly in his compositions. In the more traditional works, he gives a clear nod to his teacher Marc’Antonio Ingegneri, as he demonstrates his ability to write in the declamatory Renaissance style. Where Monteverdi sets himself apart, however, is when he demonstrates his ability to match the tender lyrics to sound. O come č gran martire, ‘O what suffering it is’, is a perfect illustration of this, as the mournfully drawn‐out ‘O’ immediately captures the listener’s attention, forcing us to appreciate the lover’s lament. He repeats this device in Vattene pur crudel, when Armida’s distressed cry of loneliness soars above the other lines: her rage at having been abandoned by her lover consumes the piece. Monteverdi straddles the Renaissance and the Baroque, and this comes to the fore especially in these two exciting books of madrigals.

Le Nuove Musiche’s approach to Monteverdi is an innovative one: to bring the past into the present, keeping alive the questions of the Renaissance that still permeate our musical landscape today, while seeking to maintain the highest standards of performance authenticity. Their release of Books V & VI garnered excellent reviews, including five stars in the French magazine Diapason.

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