Monteverdi - Madrigali Libri I & II | Brilliant Classics 94977

Monteverdi - Madrigali Libri I & II

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94977

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 19th May 2017

Contents

Artists

Le Nuove Musiche

Conductor

Krijn Koetsveld

Works

Monteverdi, Claudio

Madrigals, Book 1: SV23-39
Madrigals, Book 2: SV40-59

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. Here, they look back to the very beginning of Monteverdi's works, when the young composer was still under the influence of his teacher Marc'Antonio Ingegneri. At this time, the madrigal was already a popular art form, one that Monteverdi was beginning to add his name to, before – as we know – he would go on to radically extend it with the introduction of the seconda prattica. These two books show that Monteverdi was an assured and dexterous composer in the established genre. He could follow the conventions of madrigal‐writing – concentrating on the recitation of the text, adding in affects by altering the melody, rhythm and harmony – with skill and originality. Although he had to compete with other books already on the market, he was confident and ambitious – he dedicated his books to prominent patrons, and finally gained a royal appointment in Mantua shortly after the second book of madrigals was published.

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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