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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

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 

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