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Monteverdi: Il Ballo Delle Ingrate, Etc / Christie


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501108   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Agnès MellonGuillemette LaurensGregory ReinhartJill Feldman
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Certainly there are many good features about the realization of II ballo delle ingrate, a work that does not lend itself especially well to concert performance, and which is performed here with flair and imagination. I also agree that the conclusion has been miscalculated, and that the petulant tone adopted by the Ingrate in her lament is far from satisfactory. The Sestina, on the other hand, is splendidly realized in a bold fashion that throws new light on the work. The singers of Les Arts Florissants perhaps do not produce the most beautiful of sounds, but their feel for the dramatic potential of the music is expert, and the strident tone is captivating.

-- Gramophone [8/1985], reviewing the original CD release
Certainly there are many good features about the realization of II ballo delle ingrate, a work that does not lend itself especially well to concert performance, and which is performed here with flair and imagination. I also agree that the conclusion has been miscalculated, and that the petulant tone adopted by the Ingrate in her lament is far from satisfactory. The Sestina, on the other hand, is splendidly realized in a bold fashion that throws new light on the work. The singers of Les Arts Florissants perhaps do not produce the most beautiful of sounds, but their feel for the dramatic potential of the music is expert, and the strident tone is captivating.

-- Gramophone [8/1985], reviewing the original CD release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals, Book 8: Il ballo delle ingrate by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Agnès Mellon (Soprano), Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano), Gregory Reinhart (Bass),
Jill Feldman (Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1608; Mantua, Italy 
2.
Madrigals, Book 6: Sestina - Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 

Sound Samples

Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Ouverture
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: De l'implacabil Dio (Amore)
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Sinfonia
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Udite, Donne, udite (Venere)
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Bella madre d'Amor (Plutone)
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Ecco ver noi (Amore e Venere)
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Ballo
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Dal tenebroso orror (Plutone)
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Ballo
Il Ballo delle Ingrate, SV 167: Ahi troppo è duro (Una delle Ingrate)
SestinaLagrime d'Amante al Sepolcro dell'Amata, SV 107: Prima parte : "Incenerite spoglie"
SestinaLagrime d'Amante al Sepolcro dell'Amata, SV 107: Seconda parte : "Ditelo voi"
SestinaLagrime d'Amante al Sepolcro dell'Amata, SV 107: Terza parte : "Darà la notte il sol"
SestinaLagrime d'Amante al Sepolcro dell'Amata, SV 107: Quarta parte : "Ma te raccoglie"
SestinaLagrime d'Amante al Sepolcro dell'Amata, SV 107: Quinta parte : "O chiome d'or"
SestinaLagrime d'Amante al Sepolcro dell'Amata, SV 107: Sesta et ultima parte : "Dunque amata reliquie"

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