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Love & Lament - Monteverdi, Carissimi, Et Al / Veldhoven


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 6012   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio MonteverdiGirolamo FrescobaldiGiacomo CarissimiDomenico Mazzocchi,   ... 
Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque OrchestraCappella Figuralis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


If this CD contained only its last 24 minutes--Carissimi's Historia di Jepthe--it still would rank as one of the most beautiful musical experiences of the year. The fact that there's another 49 minutes of glorious music--laments by Monteverdi, Mazzocchi, and the practically unknown Della Ciaia, as well as toccatas for solo harpsichord, lute, and organ by Frescobaldi, Kapsberger, and Michelangelo Rossi, respectively, make it invaluable.

Starting at the end, the Carissimi is amazing: sung in Latin, it concerns Jepthe's oath to God that if he is victorious in battle he will sacrifice the first person he sees upon his return. As usual with this gimmick, it's a relative--his daughter--and
Read more the daughter laments that she will die a virgin, with no children to mourn her. The Lament itself--"Weep ye hills, be sorrowful ye mountains, and cry out with the suffering of my heart", is devastatingly sad, with the solo (the amazingly tearful Anne Grimm) echoed at the end of each line by a pair of distant soprano voices. It's gorgeous--no wonder a contemporary of Carissimi's wrote that "he could turn the emotions of his audience in whatever direction he chose." The Rossi organ toccata that precedes it is notable for its weird descending cascades of notes. Della Ciaia's Lament features the Virgin Mary and a chorus of angels-- Johannette Zomer's solo is as ravishingly moving as the angels are sympathetic. Kapsberger's Lute Toccata is a mellow piece, virtuosic nonetheless.

The Monteverdi Lament della Ninfa (from 1638) that begins the disc is openly dramatic, with the nymph (soprano Zomer again) bemoaning the loss of her beloved to another; three male voices act as chorus and comment sadly. The dissonances and chromatic flights here and sprinkled throughout the other works would make Gesualdo sit up, amazed. Frescobaldi's harpsichord toccata is a showy piece, as brief as it is entertaining. And finally, Mazzocchi's Lamento di David is a dramatic work, complete with narrator and dialogue, using eight voices both as solos and in choral passages. The solos are the dramatic personae; the two choruses--one female, one male--lament.

The performances by the singers and four continuo players (organ, harpsichord, violone, therobo, and cello) are perfect in every way. This Dutch group, led by Jos van Veldhoven, has managed to enter the Italian emotional sensibility as no English consort can touch. The acoustic is both intimate and rich. Wow!
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Reviewing original release Channel Classics 17098 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals, Book 8: Non havea Febo "Lamento della ninfa" by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Figuralis
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Book 1: Toccata no 2 by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1615/1628; Italy 
3.
Jephte by Giacomo Carissimi
Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Figuralis
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
Sacrae Concertationes: no 18, Lamento di David by Domenico Mazzocchi
Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Figuralis
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Language: Latin 
5.
Sacri modulatus: Lamentatio Virginis in dispositione Filii de cruce by Alessandro Della Ciaia
Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Figuralis
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1666; Italy 
Language: Latin 
6.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Toccata no 7 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
7.
Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura: Toccata no 7 by Michelangelo Rossi
Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 

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