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Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 5 / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae


Release Date: 06/20/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555311   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The works in Monteverdi's Fifth Book of Madrigals are far from the "fa la la" and "hey noney noney" ditties that you might have sung in your high school chamber choir. They require a huge vocal range, perfect tuning and intonation, and tremendous stamina. Most of them, not surprisingly, describe the pain and suffering arising from love lost, spurned, rejected, absent, or otherwise less than ideally returned. The very first number, Cruda Amarilli, contains chromaticisms and dissonances that would have made Gesualdo proud, but historically speaking the revolutionary character of this set largely concerns the last six items, which employ a full basso continuo and so form a link to
Read more music of the emergent Baroque period. The concluding piece, Questi vaghi concenti, actually is a vocal concerto for double choir (eight parts) and instruments that lasts nearly 10 minutes, and it makes a truly grand finale.

Ironically, these more "advanced" items might strike today's listeners as less challenging because this kind of sound is still very much with us. The use of the continuo permits Monteverdi to create little dramatic scenes consisting of solos, duos, and trios, rather than the fuller five-part texture of the remaining works. This brings each piece a bit closer to the modern notion of the operatic aria, or song, and indeed the landmark opera Orfeo was just around the corner when the Fifth Book was published in 1605. So you may very well find such stylistically traditional pieces as Era l'anima mia even more arresting on account of its vocal "orchestration" and for the exceptional range of texture Monteverdi gets from contrasting homophonic, polyphonic, and parlando (almost speaking) passages. In short, this is an extraordinarily varied collection despite the expected emphasis on emotions of sadness and despair.

My colleague David Vernier heaped praise on Delitiae Musicae's recording of Book 4, and this newcomer is no less satisfying. According to conductor Marco Longhini, modern research suggests that all-male ensembles performed these pieces, a reasonable surmise given the large number of high-voiced male church choristers who needed to make a living, and who must have performed secular music as well. In any case, Monteverdi never would have limited his options by ruling out any legitimate performance possibility. More to the point, the singing here is superb--characterful and expressive in a way that often happens when singers are working with their native language. The basses in particular put an impressively firm bottom on the ensemble, and the two countertenors never sound strained or "hooty". A lovely selection of plucked and strummed continuo instruments adds an additional layer of color to the proceedings, and the sonics capture it all with glowing realism. Perhaps Naxos will find a similarly adroit group to tackle a comprehensive series of English madrigals, a genre strangely lacking in catalog representation at present.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals, Book 5: Cruda Amarilli by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Mantua, Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
2.
Madrigals, Book 5: O Mirtillo, Mirtill'anima mia by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
3.
Madrigals, Book 5: Era l'anima mia già presso a l'ultim' hore by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Mantua, Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
4.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ecco Silvio by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
5.
Madrigals, Book 5: Dorinda, ah dirò mia by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
6.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ecco piegando le ginocchie a terra by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
7.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ferir quel petto, Silvio by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
8.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ch'io t'ami e t'ami piu de la mia vita by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Mantua, Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
9.
Madrigals, Book 5: Deh, bella e cara by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
10.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ma tu più che mai dura by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Mantua, Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
11.
Madrigals, Book 5: Che dar più vi poss'io? by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
12.
Madrigals, Book 5: M'è più dolce il penar per Amarilli by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
13.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ch'io t'ami e t'ami piu de la mia vita - Ahi, come a un vago sol cortese giro by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
14.
Madrigals, Book 5: Troppo ben può questo tiranno amore by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
15.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ch'io t'ami e t'ami piu de la mia vita - Amor, se giusto sei by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
16.
Madrigals, Book 5: Ch'io t'ami e t'ami piu de la mia vita - T'amo, mia vita! by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
17.
Madrigals, Book 5: E cosi a poc'a pocco torno farfalla by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 
18.
Madrigals, Book 5: Questi vaghi concenti by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Marco Longhini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delitiae Musicae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Ver 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: St. Peter's Church, Vincoli, Azzago, Verona, Italy (04/05/2003 - 04/10/2003) 

Sound Samples

Cruda Amarilli, che col nome ancora: Cruda Amarilli (Cruel Amaryllis)
O Mirtillo, Mirtillo anima mia: O Mirtillo
Era l'anima mia: (My spirit)
Ecco, Silvio, colei che in odio hai tanto: 1a parte - Ecco, Silvio, colei (Lo, Silvio)
Ecco, Silvio, colei che in odio hai tanto: 2a parte - Ma, se con la pieta (Yet, if your innate kindness)
Ecco, Silvio, colei che in odio hai tanto: 3a parte - Dorinda, ah, diro mia (Dorinda, ah shall I call you mine)
Ecco, Silvio, colei che in odio hai tanto: 4a parte - Ecco, piegando le genocchie (Lo, I bend my knees)
Ecco, Silvio, colei che in odio hai tanto: 5a parte - Ferir quel petto, Silvio? (Pierce your breast, Silvio?)
Ch'io t'ami, e t'ami piu della mia vita: 1a parte - Ch'io t'ami (If, cruel girl)
Ch'io t'ami, e t'ami piu della mia vita: 2a parte - Deh, bella e cara (Ah, beloved, fair)
Ch'io t'ami, e t'ami piu della mia vita: 3a parte - Ma tu, piu che mai dura (But, harder of heart)
Che dar piu vi poss'io?: (What more can I give you?)
M'e piu dolce il penar per Amarilli: (The pain I suffer for Amaryllis)
Ahi come a un vago sol cortese giro: Ahi, come a un vago sol (Alas, as if toward a graceful, lovely sun)
Troppo ben puo questo tiranno Amore: Troppo ben puo (Tyrannous love)
Amor, se giusto sei: (Love, if you are just)
T'amo, mia vita' la mia cara vita: T'amo, mia vita! (I love you my beloved!)
E cosi a poco a poco: E cosi, a poco a poco (And thus, little by little)
Questi vaghi concenti: (These lovely songs)

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