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Monteverdi: Combattimento, Etc / Lasserre, Akadêmia


Release Date: 04/04/2006 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 1003   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Hervé LamyGuillemette LaurensJan Van ElsackerCéline Vieslet,   ... 
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection of madrigals from the Seventh and (mostly) Eighth Books was recorded at the same time as Glossa’s recent complete Eighth Book, just reviewed, which also included Combattimento, one of Monteverdi’s most important works. We have now had 43 versions of a dramatic piece that seems to draw the best from singers who attempt it. Here Jan van Elsacker is the narrator, with Guillemette Laurens as Clorinda and Hervé Lamy as Tancredi. The rest of the program consists of the two pieces that set out the themes of love and war in the two halves of Book VIII, Rinuccini’s lament of the nymph (Non havea Febo ancora), Petrarch’s great Hor che ’l ciel, and two of Guarini’s settings from Book VII. It makes a good selection for more Read more casual purchasers who are not yet ready for the integral sets, but the singing and playing are good enough to appeal to collectors who want to compare fine recordings.

The notes are significant. One essay treats Monteverdi’s approach to these late works, while another (by Lasserre) focuses on Combattimento, discussing it from the viewpoint of Aristotle’s Poetics. For those who haven’t seen Zig-Zag’s packaging, the digipack is enhanced by an original watercolor by Anne Peultier, who has done this for every issue since the label began. It sets the label apart from the rest. Recommended.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals, Book 8: Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Soprano), Jan Van Elsacker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1624; Italy 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (12/12/2004 - 12/16/2004) 
2.
Madrigals, Book 7: Interrotte speranze by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Soprano), Céline Vieslet (Soprano),
Jean-Michel Fumas (Countertenor), Matthew [Bass Voice] Baker (Bass), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Bass),
Jan Van Elsacker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1619; Italy 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (12/12/2004 - 12/16/2004) 
3.
Madrigals, Book 8: Altri canti d'amor by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Soprano), Céline Vieslet (Soprano),
Jean-Michel Fumas (Countertenor), Matthew [Bass Voice] Baker (Bass), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Bass),
Jan Van Elsacker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (12/12/2004 - 12/16/2004) 
4.
Madrigals, Book 8: Non havea Febo "Lamento della ninfa" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Soprano), Céline Vieslet (Soprano),
Jean-Michel Fumas (Countertenor), Matthew [Bass Voice] Baker (Bass), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Bass),
Jan Van Elsacker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (12/12/2004 - 12/16/2004) 
5.
Madrigals, Book 8: Hor ch'el ciel e la terra by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Soprano), Céline Vieslet (Soprano),
Jean-Michel Fumas (Countertenor), Matthew [Bass Voice] Baker (Bass), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Bass),
Jan Van Elsacker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (12/12/2004 - 12/16/2004) 
6.
Madrigals, Book 8: Altri canti di Marte by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Soprano), Céline Vieslet (Soprano),
Jean-Michel Fumas (Countertenor), Matthew [Bass Voice] Baker (Bass), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Bass),
Jan Van Elsacker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (12/12/2004 - 12/16/2004) 
7.
Madrigals, Book 7: Con che soavità, labbra odorate by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Soprano), Céline Vieslet (Soprano),
Jean-Michel Fumas (Countertenor), Matthew [Bass Voice] Baker (Bass), Jean-Claude Sarragosse (Bass),
Jan Van Elsacker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Françoise Lasserre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Akademia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1619; Italy 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (12/12/2004 - 12/16/2004) 

Sound Samples

Madrigals, Book 7 (Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali, con altri generi de canti), SV 117–145: Interrotte speranze, eterna fede
Altri canti d'Amor, tenero arciero
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali, libro ottavo), SV 146-167, "Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi"*: Lamento della ninfa
Hor che'l' ciel e la terra e'l vento tace
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali, libro ottavo), "Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi": Altri canti di Marte e di sua schiera, SV 155: Altri canti di Marte e di sua schiera
Con che soavita, labbra adorate
Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

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