- Audio CD (19 Jan. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Special Edition
- Label: Virgin Classics
- ASIN: B001KYJA6K
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Monteverdi - Teatro d'Amore [Includes 44 Page Booklet] Special Edition
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Well, this selection from Monteverdi is exactly "fun music". Not trivial, but absolutely entrancing and also, yes, intellectually ravishing.
It is a charming challenge listening Monteverdi mixed up in jazz sonorities, sung by a countertenor and discovering that it is something absolutely harmonious and that perfectly fits in the listener's ear!
Arpeggiata's members have an absolute maitrise of their art and give in this CD a great example of a lively performance. The singers also are at ease with this repertoire; they approach Monteverdi's pieces not in an operatic way, that would be maybe too stiff and bombastic, but in an intimate, soft, sometimes even ironic way that perfectly fits this repertoire.
Most of all, I appreciated Jaroussky. I have never been fond of countertenor: their sonority was always poor in my ear, a little rigid, and bereft of nuances; muuuuch better Marilyn Horne or Cecilia Bartoli! This was before I listened to Jaroussky, that maybe has not a great power in his strings, but has a so tender, nuanced, allusive voice, that finally I found a meaning in countertenor vocality! Now, in this CD at least two pieces are a wonderful exemple of his interpretative art: Ohimè, ch'io cado (so full of irony!) and Pur ti miro (tender, intimate, allusive). Just these two pieces would be worth the whole CD's purchase.
Try it, at least the preview offered by Amazon, it is really a refreshing musical experience!
As ever , the playing sounds exceptional and this is probably the largest L'Apreggiata ensemble on any of the four groups that I have in my collection. There are moments where the music generates a jaunty swing such as the second track (which even features subtle brush work from a precussionist and some pithy , trumpet interjections) and the wonderful "Chiome d'oro," yet most of this record seems pretty straight forward and probably loyal to the composer's intentions. As good as this music is, this CD lacks the appeal of their other records I have heard and the jazz influence is nowhere near as obvious as the "All improviso" record which benefits from the inclusion of Italian jazz clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi amongst it's ranks nor on some of the "Los impossibles" tracks which even conjure up similarities with Bossa Nova, not to mention the inclusion of Juan Tizol's "Caravan" (written for Duke Ellington's orchestra) that was arranged by CP. Examples of the walking bass lines identified in some of the other reviews are also more obvious on the other recordings.Read more ›
I challenge any listener not to smile, dance and prick up your ears; this is worth hearing again and again.
We should be grateful for performances like these.
For the most part, this is CD is straightforward Monteverdi, beautifully and energetically performed on period instruments. But watch out for track 2- a surprise awaits, based on the idea that walking bass lines, as used in Jazz, were common in Monteverdi's writing. It actually took me a while to twig what was going on! Purists may hate the liberties taken, but come on! Claudio himself would have approved heartily, I am sure!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful recording from this early music group with some really special songs. It has made me want to hear more of Monteverdi's secular works and more recordings by Philippe... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hannah
A real baroque gem, performed brilliantly as usual by C Pluhar and Co.Published 13 months ago by J V.
This is an annoying recording. The world (and especially this section of reviews) is full of gratuitous enthusiasm whenever musical styles get 'fused'. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Steve Duke
I love the passion in this music and will never tire listening to it.
And I'm also very happy with the service. Bravo Amazon.
This is probably the best disc I've ever bought in over 40 years of record collecting, an absolute knock-out from start to finish, I had no idea Monteverdi was this good. Read morePublished on 8 May 2014 by M. Axworthy
With the participation of great artists this audio CD reflects the new generation of listeners in baroque music.
Nura Rial's voice is phenomenal
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