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Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 7 [Box set]

Marco Longhini Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Marco Longhini
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001DELX5I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tempro la cetra - A quest'olmo, a quest'ombre - Non è di gentil core - O come se' gentile - Io son pur vezzosetta - O viva fiamma - Vorrei baciarti, o Filli - Dice la mia bellissima Licori... / Delitiæ Musicæ - Marco Longhini, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mature Monteverdi 20 May 2010
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Having reviewed Delitiae Musicae's reading of Monteverdi's Primo Libro in the same series on Naxos, I thought it worthwhile to move to Book 7 - right at the other end of Monteverdi's stylistic spectrum - and see if this ensemble have equal success with it.

I'm delighted to find that they do. If anything, their interpretative insights have deepened (and the quality of the sound engineering has also improved), appropriately enough for music written with a great deal of hindsight and past experience on Monteverdi's part, and this collection of mainly one- and two-voice madrigals gives us an opportunity denied to us in earlier books - to savour the artistry of individual musicians. Not only are they more than up to all the interpretative and technical challenges posed here, but they positively rise to them, revelling in the new possibilities offered by the more soloistic orientation - and the stylistic diversity, greater than ever before - of the Settimo Libro.

Two aspects of this ensemble's reading of the works delight me in particular - firstly, their ability to communicate the emotional core of whatever they are singing without (unlike many supposedly distinguished recordings of this music I know) at ANY point resorting to modern, post-Wagnerian operatic vocality or quasi-Expressionist emotional overkill. It seems laughable when I put like that, but most "early music specialists" are still heard to do it, causing me to doubt their artistry, their level of so-called "research" into the music, their sincerity and even their competence. Delitiae Musicae always achieve their expressive goals by stylistically viable and purely musical means.

Secondly, D M lavish equal love and attention to all the works on these disks, and indeed all the works in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars monteverdi book 7 29 Sep 2012
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another excellent CD of this fine vocal group who possess some of the finest countertenors in existence. Yet another sensative performance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Performances of Masterpieces 22 Jun 2009
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How about a sweeping, positive generalization: this is possibly one of the greatest collections of the recorded legacy of all time, I mean it. Run, don't walk, your cursor to the "buy this item" icon. If you have any fondness for Monteverdi or madrigals in general, you will quickly find this is a fantastic treasure. The musicological reconstructions are convincing. The sense of deployment of accompaniment is perfect. The singing is superb. There are fewer "top 40" type pieces here than in, say, Monteverdi's Sixth Book, but this is irrefutably some of the greatest music anybody ever wrote, and some pieces, such as "Interrotte speranze," which is for fire what "Ohime il bel viso" of the sixth book is for air, are astonishing. At this price, the whole set is worth that one madrigal, it is so hauntingly and dramatically rendered. Some pieces are amazingly forward-looking, even when sweet: "Augellin" is a beautiful example of the madrigal in its transition to the cantata aria, a development made quite clear by this IMPORTANT collection. There is a sense of the literature in the way the poems are sung; all Italians are complimented by the singing here, which is unutterably noble. You will not regret listening to these hours of genius, so eloquently sung. Buy this immediately, and begin savoring it, it's REALLY good.
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