Monteverdi - Heaven and Earth
 
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Monteverdi - Heaven and Earth

2 Sep 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Sep 2013
  • Label: Vivat
  • Copyright: 2013 Vivat Music Foundation
  • Total Length: 1:08:06
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  • ASIN: B00E6KEJCK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,398 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD
I do not wish to pontificate on Robert King’s fall from grace a few years ago, but he seems to have been integrated back into the musical establishment, which is no bad thing, as he has produced some of the finest recordings of the past 20 years or so, originally on Hyperion and latterly on his own label, Vivat.

This CD, recorded in the wonderful acoustic of St Jude on-the-Hill, London, was actually made in 2002 for a private client. Entitled “Monteverdi; Heaven and Earth”, it is in many ways a “greatest hits” package, focusing especially on the joys and sweet pain of love. Beginning with the Toccata from his opera “Orfeo” and ending with the triumphant madrigal madrigal “Hor che ‘Il ciel, e la terra”, the disc covers most of Monteverdi’s musical output, including his madrigals, laments and excerpts from his operas. There are many highlights, including Carolyn Sampson’s lovely rendition of Music’s strophic aria from “Orfeo”, Charles Daniels’ virtuosic performance of “Possente spirito” from the same opera and, best of all, Sarah Connolly, typically impassioned in Ottavia’s moving farewell to Rome from “L’Incoronazione di Poppea”. Another “must hear” track is Daniels and James Gilchrist in the ebullient tenor duet, “Zefiro torna”, but every track on this lovely disc will give pleasure.

The authoritative liner notes are by the distinguished Monteverdi scholar, Professor John Whenham.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is the third release from Robert King's new Vivat label, following I Was Glad - Sacred Music of Stanford and Parry and Couperin's Trois Leçons de Ténèbres. We're gradually moving back in time with each successive recording, and now we've reached the early 1600s, to join Monteverdi at the court of the Gonzaga in Mantua and later in Venice. The King's Consort are augmented by long-time collaborators including Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram and James Gilchrist, some of the same team who produced the acclaimed series for Hyperion Monteverdi: The Sacred Music.

Monteverdi was very much in the vanguard in his methods of expressing the sweet pains of love, and his techniques were not appreciated by everyone. The Bolognese composer Artusi was most definitely not a fan. Apart from the insufficiently prepared dissonances, he was offended by the singers' responses to the music, the way they would 'roll their eyes, twist their shoulders, let themselves go as if they wished to die...' The booklet goes into some detail to put these pieces into context, and it might be hard for us now to appreciate just how radical some of these new sounds were. Certainly in the performances here they sound wonderfully rich but bright (the pitch is A-440) and the acoustic of St Jude-on-the-Hill of course affords impressive detail.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parma on 30 Oct 2013
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Wonderful baroque music played by the best baroque ensemble in the world. Arrived early, and I'll get more copies for friends and family.
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