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Monteverdi: Quatro Libro Dei Madrigali / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano

Monteverdi / Concerto Italiano / Alesssandrini
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Sandro NagliaGiuseppe MalettoClaudio CavinaRossana Bertini,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For Monteverdi words were everything, and for those who choose to perform his vocal music an understanding of textual nuance is fundamental. Here, for the first time in the history of recording, a group of singers who really understand the language as only native Italians can has really shown us all the subtleties of Monteverdi's powerful and moving rhetoric. These are performances infused with such a strong sense of the drama of the text that it is almost overwhelming; flexible speeds, carefully graded dynamics and a natural understanding of the poetry of the Italian language all combine to produce a sequence of individually honed and deeply felt accounts of these remarkable madrigals. Some of the finest pieces in the Fourth Book are those Read more involving direct speech, which allowed Monteverdi to make full use of particular virtuosi famed for their abilities to combine clear declamation with dramatic gestures and subtle shadings of dynamics. At the other end of the scale there are a number of quite exceptional exercises in that bitter-sweet mood, full of har monic asperities, so characteristic of this stage of Monteverdi's career. To all these different worlds the Concerto Italian° under their director Rinaldo Alessandrini bring a keen understanding allied to a muscular vocal style capable of great emotional versatility. As things stand, this is the finest record of Monteverdi's madrigals ever made.

-- Gramophone [11/1994] Read less

Works on This Recording

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Madrigals, Book 4 by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Sandro Naglia (Tenor), Giuseppe Maletto (Tenor), Claudio Cavina (Countertenor),
Rossana Bertini (Soprano), Cristina Miatello (Soprano), Bianca Simone (Mezzo Soprano),
Marcello Vargetto (Bass)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Mantua, Italy 

Sound Samples

Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Ah dolente partita SV 75
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Cor mio, mentre vi miro SV 76
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Cor mio, non mori? E mori SV 77
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Sfogava con le stelle, SV 78
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Volgea l'anima mia soavemente SV 79
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Anima mia, perdona SV 80
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Che se tu se' il cor mio SV 80
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Luci serene e chiare SV 81
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: La piaga c'ho nel core SV 82
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Voi pur da me partite, anima dura SV 83
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: A un giro sol de bell'occhi lucenti SV 84
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Ohime, se tanto amate SV 85
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Io mi son giovinetta SV 86
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Quell'augellin che canta SV 87
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Non piu guerra, pietate SV 88
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Sí ch'io vorrei morire SV 89
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Anima dolorosa che vivendo SV 90
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Anima del cor mio SV 91
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Longe da te, cor mio SV 92
Madrigals, Book 4 (Il quarto libro de madrigali), SV 75-93: Piagne e sospira, e quando i caldi raggi SV 93

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