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Monteverdi: Quinto Libro De Madrigali / Alessandrini, Et Al

Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30445   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Sergio ForestiSandro NagliaGiuseppe MalettoClaudio Cavina,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MONTEVERDI Madrigals, Book 5 Rinaldo Alessandrini, dir; Concerto Italiano NAÏVE 30445 (65:19 Text and Translation)

A midpriced and slipcased Naïve reissue of the original Opus 111 jewel box (OPS 30-166), this was reviewed in 20:4. Now it is more competitive in price with the other recent set (30:2), part of a series that had not even begun to appear when this was new. There are still just three sets of this pathbreaking collection of “modern” madrigals, mostly to texts Read more by Guarini, the kind that Monteverdi had to defend against his critics. The unreviewed Rooley undoubtedly enjoys the English purity that is typical of Rooley’s other Monteverdi madrigals, in contrast to Alessandrini’s Italianate warmth. Longhini, the most recent of the three, differs in using an all-male ensemble and instrumental underpinning in half of the pieces that are usually unaccompanied (the last six pieces in the book require basso continuo), and he uses a greater variety of instruments than the others do. Longhini’s tempos are also broader. Hence these three versions are all distinctly different. Only Longhini has recorded all six of Monteverdi’s earlier books, while Claudio Cavina, who has announced another complete set, has given us only half of these six books so far. In any case, Cavina is closest to Alessandrini in his interpretations of the second and fourth books, where they compete directly. This excellent version will appeal to many Monteverdians.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

Madrigals, Book 5: Cruda Amarilli by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Sergio Foresti (Bass), Sandro Naglia (Tenor), Giuseppe Maletto (Tenor),
Claudio Cavina (Alto), Fulvia Bertoli (Mezzo Soprano), Rossana Bertini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Mantua, Italy 
Madrigals, Book 5: Excerpt(s) by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Claudio Cavina (Alto), Giuseppe Maletto (Tenor), Sandro Naglia (Tenor),
Sergio Foresti (Bass), Rossana Bertini (Soprano), Fulvia Bertoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1605; Italy 

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