Monteverdi - Madrigals, Book 8: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi | Naxos 857375558

Monteverdi - Madrigals, Book 8: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 857375558

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 12th May 2017



Delitiae Musicae


Marco Longhini


Monteverdi, Claudio

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


Delitiae Musicae


Marco Longhini


The Eighth Book of Madrigals, subdivided into a substantial series of vocal and instrumental partbooks, contains some of Monteverdi’s greatest music. In this sumptuous collection the material is carefully arranged by category into madrigals of war, love and those for the stage, with a wide array of human passions and compositional styles. This is the first recording to present Book Eight in its original, uncut form, also incorporating instrumental sinfonias and dances by Biagio Marini (1594-1663) to round off Monteverdi’s design. In keeping with seventeenth-century practice, the madrigals are performed entirely by male voices, including a boy soprano in the role of Cupid.

Marco Longhini and Delitić Musicć are amongst the most distinguished and extensive exponents of Monteverdi’s Madrigals before the public today.

Of the previous Book 7 (855531416) in this series, Gramophone wrote that it was “A zestful traversal of Monteverdi’s monumental Madrigal collection.”

Of Book 6, released in 2007 (855531213) American Record Guide wrote: “The performances are compelling, simultaneously controlled and imaginative.”

The edition used is specific for this recorded performance, which claims to be the most complete ever made of Book Eight. There are none of the cuts that are present in other recordings

Delitić Musicć have also made a distinguished and acclaimed set of recordings of Gesualdo’s Madrigals for Naxos.

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