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Monteverdi: Madrigals Of Love and Loss [Jonathan Cohen, James Gilchrist, Arcangelo] [Hyperion A68019]

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Product details

  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0028YVI5M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,374 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Volgendo il ciel Movete al mio bel suon SV154 | Introduzione al ballo Volgendo il ciel per limmortal sentiero [5'42] - Thomas Walker/Arcangelo
  2. Volgendo il ciel Movete al mio bel suon SV154 | Ballo a 5 con doi violini Movete al mio bel suon le piante snelle [2'02]
  3. Ciaccona TARQUINIO MERULA [3'04]
  4. Ballo a 5, seconda parte, Ei larmi cinse, e su destrier alato [2'03]
  5. Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda SV153 [20'03] - James Gilchrist/Arcangelo
  6. Or che l ciel e la terra e l vento tace SV147 [8'13]
  7. Ohimè, dovè il mio ben, dovè il mio core? SV140 [5'14] - Various Performers
  8. Zefiro torna e l bel tempo rimena SV108 [3'46]
  9. Ohimè il bel viso, ohimè il soave sguardo SV112 [4'22]
  10. Sestina Lagrime damante al sepolcro dellamata SV111 | Incenerite spoglie, avara tomba [2'25]
  11. Sestina Lagrime damante al sepolcro dellamata SV111 | Ditelo, o fiumi, e voi chudiste Glauco [1'49]
  12. Sestina Lagrime damante al sepolcro dellamata SV111 | Darà la notte il sol lume alla terra [2'19]
  13. Sestina Lagrime damante al sepolcro dellamata SV111 | Ma te raccoglie, o ninfa, in grembo l cielo [2'55]
  14. Sestina Lagrime damante al sepolcro dellamata SV111 | O chiome dor, neve gentil del seno [2'26]
  15. Sestina Lagrime damante al sepolcro dellamata SV111 | Dunque, amate reliquie, un mar di pianto [3'38]

Product description

Product Description

Gramophone Award-winning ensemble Arcangelo (in their first recording as a vocal and instrumental group) presents a selection from Monteverdi's last three books of madrigals. These ardent and passionate works are microcosms of Monteverdi's great operas, and among his most celebrated music. Most of the madrigals of Book 6 (1614) are songs of parting and loss. Book 7 (1619) is entitled Concerto, meaning that all the works it contains require instrumental accompaniment. And Book 8 (1638) introduces the genere concitatothe 'agitated' manner that Monteverdi devised to convey the emotions of war, whether physical or psychological.

Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda sets an extended passage from Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberate. Tasso's text, set in the time of the first crusade, tells of the combat between the Christian knight Tancredi and the Saracen maiden Clorinda. Most of the action of the Combattimento is conveyed by a narrator (Testothe text), sung here by celebrated tenor James Gilchrist.

Review

The astonishing harmonic flexibility and melodic narrative of Monterverdi's writing translates here in urgent drama. You cant turn away from the musical convulsions of Clorinda's death nor doubt the simple agony of the lover in Sestina. --Gramophone, Mar'14

All in all this is a wonderful disc,presenting Monteverdi the dramatist and the creator of vivid aural pictures.Presented in such vivid recorded sound and by such acomplished muscians, intuitively directed by the excellent Jonathan Cohen, it provides an invaluable and hughely attractive addition to the composer's already genorous represenatation on disc. --IRR, Mar'14


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