Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
Conductor: Paul Agnew
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 48kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Size: 700.4 MB
Scan: yes (booklet PDF)
Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew / Monteverdi: Madrigali Vol. 3, Venezia (2017)
Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)
01. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Sinfonia. Tempro la cetra, SV 117 (Live)
02. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Al lume de le stelle, SV 138 (Live)
03. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Con che soavità, SV 139 (Live)
04. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Chiome d’oro, SV 143 (Live)
05. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Interrotte speranze, SV 132 (Live)
06. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Lettera amorosa, SV 141 (Live)
07. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Ballo: Tirsi e Clori, SV 145 (Live)
08. Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146-167 “Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi”: Altri canti d’Amor, SV146 (Live)
09. Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146-167 “Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi”: Dolcissimo usignolo, SV 161 (Live)
10. Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146-167 “Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi”: Lamento de la ninfa, SV 163 (Live)
11. Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146-167 “Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi”: Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, SV 153 (Live)
Recorded at the Cité de la Musique during the complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals mounted in partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre de Caen, the last volume in our trilogy probably contains the best-loved gems of a composer who had become maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, and finally entered the priesthood. Alongside the great operas that have survived from this period, the final madrigals methodically explore the multiple possibilities offered by the rapidly developing practice of basso continuo and by an unprecedented exploitation of solo voices. And, in that respect, the celebrated ‘Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda’ forms a spectacular finale to our Monteverdian adventure!
BBC Music Magazine
There is fine singing here, particularly from the bass Lisandro Abadie in Altri canti d’Amour (great richness and clarity) and the contralto Lucile Richardot in Lettera Amorosa (with some stylish decoration and meaningful projection of the words) … The accomplished instrumentalists give us stylish dance music…a judicious and musically compelling introduction to Monteverdi’s secular works.
performed with their customary elegance by Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants
The vivid atmosphere of Agnew’s performance is palpable and, as so often in these discs, his text-driven subtlety wins over.
Agnew takes the role of narrator here, and while his Italian isn’t as natural as a native’s, his declamatory style and articulation are gripping. He’s also lead singer in the Lamento della ninfa, but he doesn’t outshine his two sopranos, Miriam Allan and Mhairi Lawson, whose voice-clash with exquisite dissonances is Chiome d’oro.
the typical refinement of Les Arts Florissants and the scrupulous way voices and instruments complement each other are a treat in themselves.
Agnew’s choice is beautifully representative of the collections’ glorious stylistic range and substantial evocative content…there is arresting soulfulness in these live performances. Take the nimble Chiome d’oro, with its breezy ritornelli, agile bass ostinato, served up here as if it were Baroque jazz; or the raw affections that colour Lettera amorosa with the same emotive magnetism.
beautifully balanced concert recordings, excellent notes and presentation and an absolute pleasure to encounter.