Monteverdi - Madrigali Libro VIII | Brilliant Classics 95152

Monteverdi - Madrigali Libro VIII


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95152

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th March 2017



Le Nuove Musiche


Krijn Koetsveld


Monteverdi, Claudio

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


Le Nuove Musiche


Krijn Koetsveld


Le Nuove Musiche, led by acclaimed director Krijn Koetsveld, continue with their exceptional series of Claudio Monteverdi’s complete madrigals. This time they turn their attention to Book VIII, the intriguingly entitled Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi ('Madrigals of Love and War'), published four years after Monteverdi's death. These two contrasting themes divide the book into two halves; first war, then love. There's more crossover than might be expected: the first half of warlike madrigals ends with the tragic Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, based on Torquato Tasso's poem which sees Tancredi fighting a disguised Clorinda, fatally injuring her before realising that it is a fair maiden rather than a male foe. Despite nearing the end of his life, Monteverdi still demonstrates his knack for innovation, experimenting freely with the genre of the madrigal in the new context of the basso continuo.

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 5 & 6 garnered excellent reviews, including five stars in the French magazine Diapason.

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