Monteverdi - Madrigals Book 8 (Madrigals of Love & War) | Harmonia Mundi - Heritage HMY292173637

Monteverdi - Madrigals Book 8 (Madrigals of Love & War)

Label: Harmonia Mundi - Heritage

Cat No: HMY292173637

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th September 2016



Concerto Vocale


Rene Jacobs


Monteverdi, Claudio

Madrigals, Book 8: SV146-167 'Madrigals of Love and War'


Concerto Vocale


Rene Jacobs


Monteverdi was 71 when he published his Eighth Book of Madrigals. This collection, a monumental work of remarkable beauty, is a synthesis of all Monteverdi's experience in the realm of secular music. It is the culmination of a genre, the Italian madrigal, which here achieves a rare state of perfection.

“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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