MONTEVERDI: Fire and Ashes - Madrigals

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I Fagiolini has established itself as one of the world's leading interpreters of the literature of the Italian madrigal. Volume two continues to juxtapose the full range of the secular chamber works, from a capella madrigals through duets to grander pieces with strings, so that in any single disc the listener can appreciate the full extent of his genius in this genre. The Guardian wrote of volume one's wide sequence \It's put together with imagination, wit and profound admiration of Monteverdi's word setting, and every number is performed with the same combination of sterling values".

This second volume allows the listener to trace Monteverdi's evolution from the early Mantuan a cappella madrigals that made his reputation to the late concerted madrigals of the 1630s written for the Viennese court. These styles seem worlds apart, yet both are forged by the same desire, to confront and master the tension between mere art and real life. Volume one was a Gramophone Editor's Choice and reviews said "I Fagiolini are most seductive and persuasive in Monteverdi... Frankly you won t hear madrigals better sung," (Independent on Sunday) and "This release guarantees both immediate and lasting satisfaction... it belongs in any decent Monteverdi collection," from American Record Guide.

Robert Hollingworth hopes the recording will "bring certain extraordinary madrigals into the light." One such piece is 'Rimanti in pace', which, as James Weeks also says of the much better known 'Si ch' io vorrei morire', is unlike any other Monteverdi madrigal. Amongst the other works included is the glorious 'Sestina', taken from Sixth Book, which has its own real-life context: it was written by 1610 at the request of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, in memory of the young soprano Caterina Martinelli, who had lodged with the Monteverdis and had been about to sing the title role in Monteverdi's new opera Arianna when she died. Also represented is the Seventh Book which really consolidates Monteverdi's new approach to secular vocal expression, an enormously varied collection of solo monodies, duets, continuo madrigals, arias and even a 'ballo, Tirsi e Clori'.

Previous volume:

CHAN 0730 Monteverdi: Flaming Heart
Catalogue number CHAN0749
Barcode 0095115074923
Release date 01/01/2008
Category Baroque
Label Chaconne Records
Format CD
Number of discs 1
Composers Monteverdi, Claudio
Conductors Hollingworth, Robert
Orchestras Fagiolini, I
Disc: 1
Tirsi e Clori
1 Ballo delle ingrate: Sinfonia
2 Ardo, avvampo, mi struggo, ardo
3 Rimanti in pace a la dolente e bella
4 1a parte - Ogni amante e guerrier: nel suo gran re
5 2a parte - Io che nell'otio nacqui e d'otio vissi
6 3a parte - Ma per qual ampio Egeo spieghi le vele
7 4a parte - Riedi, ch'al nostro ardor, ch'al nostro
8 Si, ch'io vorrei morire
9 Che dar piu vi poss'io? (What more can I give you?
10 E cosi a poco a poco
11 Vorrei baciarti, o Filli
12 Chiome d'oro
13 Batto, qui pianse Ergasto (Defeated, here wept Erg
14 Ballo delle ingrate: Entrata
15 1a parte - Incenerite spoglie (Remains turned to a
16 2a parte - Ditelo, o fiumi (Say it, o rivers)
17 3a parte - Dara la notte (By night)
18 4a parte - Ma te raccoglie, o ninfa (Yet heaven ga
19 5a parte - O chiome d'or (O golden tresses)
20 6a parte - Dunque, amate reliquie (Therefore, belo
21 Tirsi: Per monti e per valli
22 Il ballo: Balliamo, che il gregge
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