Monteverdi: Madrigali Libro VII

Monteverdi: Madrigali Libro VII
Composer Claudio Monteverdi
Artist Le Nuove Musiche
Krijn Koetsveld artistic leader
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94980
EAN code 5028421949802
Release December 2015

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Le Nuove Musiche, a vibrant young ensemble from the Netherlands, specialises in music from the first half of the 17thcentury. While seeking to maintain authentic performance standards, the ensemble brings the music very much into the present, arguing that artistic questions of the past still permeate the musical landscape today. Featuring a captivating group of solo singers, who between them have performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and The Bach Choir & Orchestra of The Netherlands, the ensemble is headed by Krijn Koetsveld, leader and harpsichordist, who has previously collaborated with the Groot Omroepkoor and the prestigious Netherlands Chamber Choir.

This is the second of a planned release of Claudio Monteverdi’s complete madrigals.The fifth and sixth book – already released on Brilliant Classics as 93799 – were the first to break with tradition and herald ‘la seconda pratica’, the era of the basso continuo. From then on, the publication of Monteverdi’s innovative settings were eagerly awaited, as they set the stage for more instrumental ritornellos, a newly important basso continuo and the addition of ornamentation around the bass and vocal parts. The book finishes with a ballo, Tirsi e Clori, a love duet with a five‐part accompaniment, highly elaborate, with a chatty Tirsi contrasting with a sweet and melodic Clori. When the two singers come together with the rest of the ensemble, the listener is treated to the pinnacle of the madrigal era.

This new instalment of the Monteverdi Complete Madrigals contains the complete Book VII, on two CD’s.
Monteverdi is the Master of the Madrigal, the unaccompanied vocal composition for up to 5 voices, on secular texts. Monteverdi developed the Renaissance form of a static, strictly polyphonic setting into a dramatic work in which the expression of feeling is prominent, paving the way for the Baroque Monody, the setting of a solo melody to the accompaniment of the other voices. The range of sentiments, the boldness of harmony and counterpoint and the dramatic impact of these works mark Monteverdi as one of the first geniuses of Western Music. In the 7th Book Monteverdi breaks away from the traditional Madrigal. The set contains vocal duets with more instrumental ritornellos in concertante style, a complex worked‐out bass and highly developed ornamentation of the vocal lines.
The vocal ensemble Le Nuove Musiche consists of the elite of Dutch Early Music vocalists, led by eminent conductor and scholar Krijn Koetsveld.
Their first Monteverdi recording, the Books 5 & 6 (BC93799) received excellent reviews in the international press, among which a “5 star” in the French Diapason.
The extensive booklet notes include texts on the works as well as the complete sung texts in Italian and English.

Recorded in The Netherlands in 2014 & 2015.
Contains notes on the music.
Contains a biography of the performers.
Sung texts available in the booklet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Sinfonia – Tempro la cetra, SV 117
  2. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: A quest’olmo, a quest’ombre, SV 119
  3. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Non è di gentil core, SV 118
  4. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: O come sei gentile, SV 120
  5. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Io son pur vezzosetta pastorella, SV 121
  6. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: O viva fiamma, o miei sospiri ardenti, SV 122
  7. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Vorrei baciarti, SV 123
  8. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Dice la mia bellissima Licori, SV 124
  9. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Non vedrò mai le stelle, SV 126
  10. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Ah, che non si conviene, SV 125
  11. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Ecco vicine, o bella tigre, l’ore, SV 127
  12. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Perché fuggi tra’ salci, SV 128
  13. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Tornate, o cari baci, SV 129
  14. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Soave libertate, SV 130
  15. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Se ’l vostro cor, Madonna, SV 131
  16. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Interrotte speranze, eterna fede, SV 132

Disk 2

  1. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Augellin, che la voce al canto spieghi, SV 133
  2. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Vaga su spina ascosa, SV 134
  3. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Eccomi pronta ai baci, SV 135
  4. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Parlo, miser, o taccio?, SV 136
  5. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Tu dormi, ah crudo core!, SV 137
  6. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Al lume de le stelle, SV 138
  7. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Con che soavità, labbra adorate, SV 139
  8. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Ohimé, dove il mio ben, SV 140
  9. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Se i languidi miei sguardi, SV 141
  10. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Se pur destina e vole, SV 142
  11. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Chiome d’oro, SV 143
  12. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Amor, che deggio far?, SV 144
  13. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Ballo. Tirsi e Clori, SV 145

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