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Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale / Heras-Casado


Release Date: 12/15/2017 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902355  
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Pablo Heras-Casado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pablo Heras-Casado, leading the musicians of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble into the heart of Monteverdi’s “Moral and Spiritual Forest”, captures the magic of its madrigals, psalm settings, Marian hymns, motets and mass settings collected in the monumental 1640 publication which forms a summation of the composer’s life’s work. His intensive activity as “maestro di cappella” at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice – a veritable haven for the musical avant-garde of his day – is typified by this selection of the choicest gems chosen from the imposing anthology. Pablo Heras-Casado, leading the musicians of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble into the heart of Monteverdi’s “Moral and Spiritual Forest”, captures the magic of its madrigals, psalm settings, Marian hymns, motets and mass settings collected in the monumental 1640 publication which forms a summation of the composer’s life’s work. His intensive activity as “maestro di cappella” at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice – a veritable haven for the musical avant-garde of his day – is typified by this selection of the choicest gems chosen from the imposing anthology. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Selva morale e spirituale: Excerpt(s) by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Pablo Heras-Casado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Press review March 8, 2018 By Classicalacarte Classicalacarte (Saint-Donat, QC) See All My Reviews "Pablo Heras-Casado and the Balthasar Neumann Choir & Ensemble bring us a portion of the spriritual testament of Monteverdi. We have here a selection of 15 works taken from the marvellous collection entitled Sela morale & spirituale published in 1641. This selection is made up among other works of two Salve Regina, the superb Dixit Dominus secundo and also the Magnificat primo. This CD may be the first instalment which may bring us the complete Selva morale & spirituale made up of some forty works. This is what is assumed by Sophie Roughol in her review for the French magazine Diapason (#663 – 11/2017). The recording is rewarded with a 5 Diapason mention. In her review, Mrs. Roughol makes a comparison with another recording of these works by Konrad Junghänel and the ensemble Cantus Cölln, issued in 2001 and reissued by Harmonia Mundi, still available in their “Heritage” collection. According to this reviewer, Heras-Casado seems to cautious, too reserved. The “voices are kind of immerged within the instrumental texture “ We have a similar appreciation from Alexandra Coglan of Gramophone (02/2018) : “Heras-Casado delivers energised, highly rhythmic performances…”, “speeds are swift and dances light, lending real urgency to the joyful works”. And yet, “there’s perhaps just a little too much uniformity, too much politeness to capture the true spirit of Monteverdi”. The same impression is being conveyed by Kate Molleson (The Guardian, 11/2017) ( 3/5 stars). “Heras-Casado has tendency to over-shape the bigger stuff, to traffic-control the corners and smooth the ride. With Monteverdi, we need the rough and the spontaneous”. John W. Barker writes a concise review for American Record Guide and has little to say about the quality of the present recording: “The singers and players of the Balthasar Neumann ensembles… are old hands at music of this kind and deliver expert performances. Heras-Casado … fully appreciates the flexibilities need(ed?) in this rhythmically volatile music. And the sound if bright and vivid”. On the web, only two reviews have been found. it is worth mentioning the survey of previous recordings made by Bernard Postiau on the webzine Crescendo. According to this reviewer we have “ a fresh and vivid interpretation on the part of Heras-Casado which sheds new light” over these magnificent compositions by Monteverdi. Global appreciation: 9/10 The second review comes from Early Music America. Karen Cook is of the opinion that this is “… an exceptionally vibrant recording, one that walks the fine line between brilliance and flamboyance”. She concludes: “Overall, a recording that rewards on repeated listening, and a worthwhile addition to a Monteverdi’s fan collection”. At Classic @ la Carte, we continue searching for news reviews. You may browse through the ones we have found by searching with the following criteria : “ classicalacarte + 3149020930823 “" Report Abuse
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