Monteverdi - Madrigals Book 8 (Madrigals of Love & War)
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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Heritage
Cat No: HMY292173637
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 9th September 2016
WorksMadrigals, Book 8: SV146-167 'Madrigals of Love and War'
The blurb on the jacket says, 'Indispensable', and this is hardly an exaggeration. A complete Book 8 would be enough to whet any Monteverdian's appetite; but fortunately, completeness isn't the only reason to hail the new arrival. Jacobs's well-rounded team of singers is perhaps most effective in the large ensembles, which have a festive opulence about them... the soloists acquit themselves handsomely, too: Bernarda Fink's title-role in the Lamento della ninfa is very affecting one of the high-points of the set. Jacobs's deployment of instruments, even on the continuo, is measured even sparing, by his standards but rich enough to evoke the splendid courtly entertainments for which these pieces were conceived... By any objective criteria, Jacobs has pulled it off. So if you're looking for a single recording, this is a natural first choice. - Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
A thrilling set. - Sunday Times
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