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Monteverdi Edition | Brilliant Classics 96910

Monteverdi Edition

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 96910

Barcode: 5028421969107

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 30

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th November 2023

Contents

Artists

Patrizia Biccirè (soprano)
Angela Bucci (soprano)
Sylva Pozzer (soprano)
Sofia Soloviy (soprano)
Liliana Rugiero (mezzo-soprano)
Sara Mingardo (alto)
Gabriella Martellacci (contralto)
Davide Cicchetti (tenor)
Juan Gambina (tenor)
Giovanni Gregnanin (tenor)
William Matteuzzi (tenor)
Makoto Sakurada (tenor)
Loris Bertolo (baritone)
Raffaele Costantini (bass)
GianPaolo Dal Dosso (bass)
Le Nuove Musiche
Armoniosoincanto
Ensemble San Felice
La Pifarescha

Conductors

Krijn Koetsveld
Franco Radicchia
Federico Bardazzi
Sergio Vartolo

Works

Monteverdi, Claudio

Canzonette a 3 voci
Frammenti
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
L'Orfeo
L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea)
Madrigals, Book 1: SV23-39
Madrigals, Book 2: SV40-59
Madrigals, Book 3: SV60-74
Madrigals, Book 4: SV75-93
Madrigals, Book 5: SV94-106
Madrigals, Book 6: SV107-116
Madrigals, Book 7: SV117-145
Madrigals, Book 8: SV146-167 'Madrigals of Love and War'
Madrigals, Book 9: SV 168-178
Messa et salmi, SV190-204
Missa In illo tempore
Vespro della beata Vergine

Artists

Patrizia Biccirè (soprano)
Angela Bucci (soprano)
Sylva Pozzer (soprano)
Sofia Soloviy (soprano)
Liliana Rugiero (mezzo-soprano)
Sara Mingardo (alto)
Gabriella Martellacci (contralto)
Davide Cicchetti (tenor)
Juan Gambina (tenor)
Giovanni Gregnanin (tenor)
William Matteuzzi (tenor)
Makoto Sakurada (tenor)
Loris Bertolo (baritone)
Raffaele Costantini (bass)
GianPaolo Dal Dosso (bass)
Le Nuove Musiche
Armoniosoincanto
Ensemble San Felice
La Pifarescha

Conductors

Krijn Koetsveld
Franco Radicchia
Federico Bardazzi
Sergio Vartolo

About

This substantial set dedicated to the vocal music of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) features the great cycle undertaken (to date) by Krijn Koetsveld and the singers of Le Nuove Musiche: all nine books of madrigals, the music in Monteverdi collections such as the Selva Morale e Spirituale (1641) and the posthumous Messa a quattro voci ed salmi (1650), and the individual works by Monteverdi that were compiled in the collections of others, the so-called Fragments.

To this is joined the cycle of operas directed by Sergio Vartolo and sung by casts of Italian early music specialists, including the first recording of the five-act version of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. These thoroughly researched, historically informed interpretations demonstrate Monteverdi’s pioneering and transformative role in the emergence and development of staged, dramatic vocal music.

Also featured are the grand Vespers – sacred music in the Gregorian plainchant tradition but on an operatic scale – in a fantastic recording with fine Italian soloists and authentic period instruments including the early brass of La Pifarescha. Federico Bardazzi and Ensemble Felice make scrupulous interpretative decisions about the order of movements, interpolating the choral motets within the prescribed sequence of psalms to great effect.

Finally, there are Monteverdi’s youthful three-part canzonettas, written when the composer was 17. They are rather simpler than the madrigals, both to sing and to appreciate, but their musical worth is amply demonstrated by the largely female voices of Armoniosoincanto joined by a mixed period-instrument ensemble of flutes, violas, theorbo and harpsichord. They impart just the right light-hearted mood and dramatic impact to the playful, folkloric secular strophic poetry.

- Recordings date from 2005–2023

- Booklet in English contains liner notes by Peter Quantrill on the composer and music

- Sung texts available in a download from www.brilliantclassics.com

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