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Monteverdi: Il Sesto Libro De Madrigali / Concerto Italiano


Release Date: 05/16/2006 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30423   Spars Code: DAD 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Craig MarchitelliUgo Di GiovanniLoredana GintoliSergio Foresti,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MONTEVERDI Sixth Book of Madrigals ? Rinaldo Alessandrini, cond; Concerto Italiano ? NAÏVE OP 30423 (63:50)


Rinaldo Alessandrini recorded this collection once before on another label (17:5). Then for Opus 111 (now part of Naïve), he continued with the Fourth, Second, Fifth, and Eighth Books (17:3, 18:5, 20:4, 21:2, 22:2). Now, instead of the expected completion of the Eighth Book, we hear a re-make of the first attempt. Over 13 years later not a single singer remains of the earlier complement, but the Read more Gardano edition of 1620 is still used with harp, theorbos, and harpsichord continuo. (A reviewer in 16:4 claimed the earlier recording used ?Michel Bernstein?s new edition,? confusing the producer of the Arcana label with a supposed editor of the music.) The tempos this time are consistently faster, except only ?Zefiro torna.? The total difference is nine minutes, and Alessandrini has gone from slowest to fastest among four CDs in my collection. The only competition right now is Anthony Rooley?s very different interpretation on Virgin (14:4). Giovanni Antonellini on an old LP set used a chorus, Giovanni Acciai (18:2) made a weak impression, and Raffaello Monterosso (now over a decade old) has never been available here.


This publication includes six madrigals in the new concitato style, an innovation at the time. Yet three other works are recorded singly much more often. One is the ?Lamento d?Arianna,? a five-voice arrangement of the even more familiar aria from the lost opera. Another is the brief ?Zefiro torna? on a Petrarch text. Finally, the Sestina, ?Lagrima d?amante al sepulcro dell?amata? in six parts, was the very first Monteverdi ever recorded (in 1928) and has been familiar ever since. The contrast between Alessandrini?s two recordings and Rooley?s can be heard in the different instrumentation. Alessandrini follows the 1620 edition by using four players. Rooley uses a larger ensemble for the concitato pieces, but renders the Sestina unaccompanied. Acciai seems to have followed the original edition, and even in the concitato pieces he uses at most a gamba and a harpsichord. All four versions are beautifully sung, but I prefer the lively tempos in Alessandrini?s second thoughts, and this new version may be the most dramatically expressive of all, if only marginally so. Alessandrini?s notes are detailed and informative, greatly expanded from the note in his earlier disc. While anyone can be satisfied with any of the four discs, new purchasers are urged to look for this one.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 5" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Sergio Foresti (Bass), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor), Luca Dordolo (Tenor),
Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Gabriella Martellacci (Alto), Anna Simboli (Soprano),
Monica Piccinini (Soprano), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 5" - Zefiro torna by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo),
Loredana Gintoli (Harp), Sergio Foresti (Bass), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor),
Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Luca Dordolo (Tenor), Gabriella Martellacci (Alto),
Anna Simboli (Soprano), Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Madrigals, Book 6: Donna fra l'altre by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Monica Piccinini (Soprano), Anna Simboli (Soprano), Gabriella Martellacci (Alto),
Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo),
Loredana Gintoli (Harp), Sergio Foresti (Bass), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor),
Luca Dordolo (Tenor), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 5" - A Dio, Florida bella by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Gabriella Martellacci (Alto), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Sergio Foresti (Bass), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor), Luca Dordolo (Tenor),
Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Anna Simboli (Soprano), Monica Piccinini (Soprano),
Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Madrigals, Book 6: Sestina - Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Gabriella Martellacci (Alto), Anna Simboli (Soprano), Monica Piccinini (Soprano),
Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Luca Dordolo (Tenor), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor),
Sergio Foresti (Bass), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo), Loredana Gintoli (Harp),
Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 15 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Madrigals, Book 6: Ohimè il bel viso by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor), Luca Dordolo (Tenor),
Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Gabriella Martellacci (Alto), Sergio Foresti (Bass),
Loredana Gintoli (Harp), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo),
Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord), Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro - Qui rise, o Tirsi by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Monica Piccinini (Soprano), Anna Simboli (Soprano), Gabriella Martellacci (Alto),
Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Luca Dordolo (Tenor), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor),
Sergio Foresti (Bass), Loredana Gintoli (Harp), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo),
Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro - Misero Alceo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Anna Simboli (Soprano), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo),
Loredana Gintoli (Harp), Sergio Foresti (Bass), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor),
Luca Dordolo (Tenor), Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Gabriella Martellacci (Alto),
Monica Piccinini (Soprano), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro - Batto, qui pianse Ergasto by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Luca Dordolo (Tenor), Raffaele Giordani (Tenor), Gabriella Martellacci (Alto),
Anna Simboli (Soprano), Monica Piccinini (Soprano), Sergio Foresti (Bass),
Loredana Gintoli (Harp), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo),
Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Madrigals, Book 6: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro - Presso un fiume tranquillo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Loredana Gintoli (Harp), Sergio Foresti (Bass), Ugo Di Giovanni (Theorbo),
Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord), Monica Piccinini (Soprano), Raffaele Giordani (Tenor),
Anna Simboli (Soprano), Gabriella Martellacci (Alto), Luca Dordolo (Tenor),
Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Lamento d'Arianna: 1a parte - Lasciatemi morire (Let me die)
Lamento d'Arianna: 2a parte - O Teseo, o Teseo mio (O Theseus, o my Theseus)
Lamento d'Arianna: 3a parte - Dove, dove e la fede (Where, where is the fidelity)
Lamento d'Arianna: 4a parte - Ahi, che non pur risponde (Alas, he answers me not)
Madrigals, Book 6 (Il sesto libro de madrigali): Zefiro torna e'l bel tempo rimena
Una donna fra l'altre onesta e bella
A Dio, Florida bella, il cor piagato
Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata: 1a parte - Incenerite spoglie (Ashen remains)
Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata: 2a parte - Ditelo, o fiumi, e voi ch'udiste Glauco (Say it, o rivers, and you who heard Glaucus)
Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata: 3a parte - Dara la notte il sol lume all terra (The Sun will illuminate the earth by night)
Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata: 4a parte - Ma te raccoglie, o Ninfa, in grembo (For heaven gathers you in to its breast)
Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata: 5a parte - O chiome d'or, neve gentil del seno (O golden tresses, snow-soft breast)
Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata: 6a parte - Dunque, amate reliquie, un mar di pianto (So, beloved remains, would not even a cold stone weep a sea of tears)
Madrigals, Book 6 (Il sesto libro de madrigali), SV 112: Ohime il bel viso, ohime il soave sguardo
Qui rise, o Tirsi, e qui ver me rivolse
Misero Alceo, dal caro albergo fore
Batto, qui pianse Ergasto
Presso a un fiume tranquillo

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