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Lamenti - Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Et Al / Von Otter, Et Al


Release Date: 10/01/1998 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 457617   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio MonteverdiAntonio BertaliGiovanni LegrenziAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Dane RobertsFlorian DeuterReinhard GoebelAnne Sofie von Otter,   ... 
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some bright spark in DG’s marketing section, no doubt, was responsible for bestowing the encomium ‘An unusual diva’ on Anne Sofie von Otter on the cover of this disc. As if we didn’t know ... But if in fact we didn’t, this fine and much-lauded artist adds to her laurels with this issue, which belies any doom and gloom suggested by its title with singing of an intensity of expression, subtlety of nuance and rich palette of vocal colour that leave one full of admiration. Whether lamenting a stony-hearted lover (Cessate, omai cessate) or a faithless one (in Arianna, all that remains of a lost Monteverdi opera), a queen of Arcadia (Incassum, Lesbia, rogas) or the husband of an English queen (presumably Charles I, in view of the frenzied cries Read more for revenge), von Otter fills every word with vivid meaning while still preserving the musical line. Vengeance is also the passionate response of the lover in the Vivaldi cantata (no stranger to the record catalogue), superbly performed here, with full-blooded instrumental backing by Musica Antiqua Koln. At the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, another highlight of the disc is Purcell’s sad, touching Incassum, Lesbia. His O Solitude! is built on a ground bass, as of course is the little piece for solo theorbo by Piccinini, as well as the Legrenzi Corrente – neither of which, in fact, suggests lamenting (to my ear, at least). The most varied instrumentation occurs in Monteverdi’s sectional Con che soavita, with its changeable tempos and ornamental vocal line. The contribution by an admirable bass, Franz-Josef Selig, in two brief but exceptionally low-lying narrations in the Bertali (a work largely in recitative, but with interludes for three violas) should not be overlooked. Altogether an outstanding disc.

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [3/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals, Book 7: Con che soavità, labbra odorate by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Dane Roberts (Violone), Florian Deuter (Violin), Reinhard Goebel (Violin),
Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Rieger (Harpsichord), Michael Dücker (Theorbo),
Michael Freimuth (Theorbo), Joachim Fiedler (Cello), Victoria Gunn (Viola),
Markus Möllenbeck (Cello)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1619; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  German Radio Transmitting Hall, Cologne 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 1" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  German Radio Transmitting Hall, Cologne 
Length: 11 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Lamento della Regina d'Inghilterra by Antonio Bertali
Performer:  Christian Rieger (Harpsichord), Markus Möllenbeck (Cello), Wolfgang von Kessinger (Viola),
Reinhard Goebel (Viola), Victoria Gunn (Viola), Franz-Joseph Selig (Bass),
Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  German Radio Transmitting Hall, Cologne 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Balletti e correnti a 5, Op. 16: Il Ballo del Gran Duca "Corrente Nona" by Giovanni Legrenzi
Performer:  Christian Rieger (Harpsichord), Michael Dücker (Theorbo), Markus Möllenbeck (Cello),
Wolfgang von Kessinger (Viola), Victoria Gunn (Viola), Reinhard Goebel (Violin),
Florian Deuter (Violin)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  German Radio Transmitting Hall, Cologne 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Cessate omai cessate, RV 684 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Ulrike Kunze (Violin), Markus Möllenbeck (Cello), Dane Roberts (Violone),
Christian Rieger (Harpsichord), Wolfgang von Kessinger (Viola), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano),
Florian Deuter (Violin), Laura Johnson (Violin), Andrea Keller (Violin),
Sebastian Griewisch (Violin), Volker Möller (Violin), Victoria Gunn (Viola),
Gerhard Peters (Violin), Joachim Fiedler (Cello)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  German Radio Transmitting Hall, Cologne 
Length: 10 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Incassum, Lesbia, rogas, Z 383 "Queen's Epicedium" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Markus Möllenbeck (Cello), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Rieger (Positive)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  German Radio Transmitting Hall, Cologne 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1687; England 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  German Radio Transmitting Hall, Cologne 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Chaconne by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  German Radio Transmitting Hall, Cologne 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Con che soavità
Lamento della Regina d'Inghilterra
Il Ballo del Gran Duca op.16: Corrente Nona
Cantata "Cessate, omai cessate" RV 684
Lamento d'Arianna
Incassum, Lesbia, rogas Z.383
Ciaccona
"O Solitude"

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