Monteverdi: Madrigali Libri V & VI

Monteverdi: Madrigali Libri V & VI
Composer Claudio Monteverdi
Artist Le Nuove Musiche
Krijn Koetsveld artistic leader
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95659
EAN code 5028421956596
Release March 2018

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With this recording the acclaimed ensemble Le Nuove Musiche, led by director Krijn Koetsveld, have come full circle and at last completed their monumental undertaking of a complete cycle of Claudio Monteverdi’s books of madrigals. In bringing this endeavour to a close the group have returned to their starting point, recording a fresh take of perhaps the most famous set, Monteverdi’s groundbreaking Books V & VI, previously released by Le Nuove Musiche one decade ago at the start of this musical journey.

With these two books of madrigals Monteverdi unequivocally made his forward-thinking position clear in the heated debate over musical aesthetics that had been raging fiercely in Florentine artistic circles. Defying his critics, he distanced himself from conservative practices by declaring his own methods a ‘second practice’, the seconda prattica. He abandoned the confines of a single mode, freely adding piquant dissonance to underpin emotionally charged words in the text, thus heightening the drama. He also began exploiting the basso continuo as an independent harmonic foundation for melody – the dawn of monody, a solo-and-accompaniment style that would surpass polyphony as the basis for the music of so many later generations of composers.

Le Nuove Musiche’s approach to Monteverdi is both dedicated and informed. They bring the past into the present, considering questions that were asked in the Renaissance and are still relevant in our present musical landscape, thereby making Early Music as new today as any other, while maintaining the highest standards of performance authenticity.

The last and closing instalment of the Monteverdi Complete Madrigals recordings by Le Nuove Musiche.
Claudio Monteverdi published his eight books with Madrigals between 1585 and 1635. In these books we can follow the transformation in music history. His 5th and 6th book of madrigals form a turning point in Monteverdi’s language, here we encounter “La seconda pratticca ovvero Perfezzione della moderna musica”, the introduction of “modern” music. New elements are the personal, solo voice within the ensemble, the perfection of musical rhetoric and the expression of the text, resulting in dramatic word painting.
The 6th book contains the famous Lamento d’Arianna, a poignant and moving aria from a lost opera, now perfectly set for the five voices of the madrigal.
This is the last instalment of the complete recording of Monteverdi’s Madrigals by Le Nuove Musiche. This vocal ensemble consists of the elite of Dutch Early Music vocalists, led by eminent conductor and scholar Krijn Koetsveld. Their previous Monteverdi recordings received excellent reviews in the international press, among which a “5 star” in the French Diapason and a “10/10” in Dutch classical magazine Luister.

Recorded in The Netherlands in 2017.
Contains liner notes and a biography of the artists.
Contains the sung texts in the original Italian and English translation.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Madrigals, Book V: Cruda Amarilli, SV 94
  2. Madrigals, Book V: O Mirtillo, Mirtill’anima mia, SV 95
  3. Madrigals, Book V: Era l’anima mia, SV 96
  4. Madrigals, Book V: Ecco, Silvio, SV 97. Prima parte ecco, silvio, colei che in odio hai tanto
  5. Madrigals, Book V: Ecco, Silvio, SV 97. Seconda parte ma, se con la pietà non è in te spenta
  6. Madrigals, Book V: Ecco, Silvio, SV 97. Terza parte dorinda, ah, dirò mia, se mia non sei
  7. Madrigals, Book V: Ecco, Silvio, SV 97. Quarta parte ecco, piegando le genocchie a terra
  8. Madrigals, Book V: Ecco, Silvio, SV 97. Quinta e ultima parte ferir quel petto, Silvio?
  9. Madrigals, Book V: Ch’io t’ami, e t’ami più de la mia vita, SV 98. Prima parte ch’io t’ami, e t’ami più de la mia vita
  10. Madrigals, Book V: Ch’io t’ami, e t’ami più de la mia vita, SV 98. Seconda parte deh, bella e cara e sì soave un tempo
  11. Madrigals, Book V: Ch’io t’ami, e t’ami più de la mia vita, SV 98. Terza e ultima parte ma tu, più che mai dura
  12. Madrigals, Book V: Che dar più vi poss’io?, SV 99
  13. Madrigals, Book V: M’è più dolce il penar per amarilli, SV 100
  14. Madrigals, Book V: Ahi, come a un vago sol cortese giro, SV 101
  15. Madrigals, Book V: Troppo ben può questo tiranno amore!, SV 102
  16. Madrigals, Book V: Amor, se giusto sei, SV 103
  17. Madrigals, Book V: T’amo, mia vita!, SV 104
  18. Madrigals, Book V: E così, a poco a poco, SV 105
  19. Madrigals, Book V: Questi vaghi concenti, SV 106

Disk 2

  1. Madrigals, Book VI: Lamento d’Arianna, SV 107. Prima parte sasciatemi morire
  2. Madrigals, Book VI: Lamento d’Arianna, SV 107. Seconda parte O Teseo, o teseo mio!
  3. Madrigals, Book VI: Lamento d’Arianna, SV 107. Terza parte dove, dove è la fede
  4. Madrigals, Book VI: Lamento d’Arianna, SV 107. Quarta e ultima parte ahi, che non pur risponde!
  5. Madrigals, Book VI: Zefiro torna e ’l bel tempo rimena, SV 108
  6. Madrigals, Book VI: Una donna fra l’altre onesta e bella, SV 109
  7. Madrigals, Book VI: A dio, Florida bella, SV 110
  8. Madrigals, Book VI: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata SV 111. Prima parte incenerite spoglie, avara tomba
  9. Madrigals, Book VI: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata SV 111. Seconda parte ditelo, o fiumi, e voi, ch’udiste glauco
  10. Madrigals, Book VI: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata SV 111. Terza parte darà la notte il sol lume alla terra
  11. Madrigals, Book VI: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata SV 111. Quarta parte ma te raccoglie, o ninfa, in grembo ’l cielo
  12. Madrigals, Book VI: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata SV 111. Quinta parte o chiome d’or, neve gentil del seno
  13. Madrigals, Book VI: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata SV 111. Sesta e ultima parte dunque, amate reliquie, un mar di pianto
  14. Madrigals, Book VI: Oimè il bel viso, SV 112
  15. Madrigals, Book VI: Qui rise, o tirsi, SV 113
  16. Madrigals, Book VI: Misero alceo, SV 114
  17. Madrigals, Book VI: Batto, qui pianse Ergasto, SV 115
  18. Madrigals, Book VI: Presso un fiume tranquillo, SV 116