Monteverdi: Madrigali Libro VIII

Monteverdi: Madrigali Libro VIII
Composer Claudio Monteverdi
Artist Le Nuove Musiche
Krijn Koetsveld artistic leader
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 95152
EAN code 5028421951522
Release March 2017

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Le Nuove Musiche, led by acclaimed director Krijn Koetsveld, continue with their exceptional series of Claudio Monteverdi’s complete madrigals. This time they turn their attention to Book VIII, the intriguingly entitled Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi ('Madrigals of Love and War'), published four years after Monteverdi's death. These two contrasting themes divide the book into two halves; first war, then love. There's more crossover than might be expected: the first half of warlike madrigals ends with the tragic Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, based on Torquato Tasso's poem which sees Tancredi fighting a disguised Clorinda, fatally injuring her before realising that it is a fair maiden rather than a male foe. Despite nearing the end of his life, Monteverdi still demonstrates his knack for innovation, experimenting freely with the genre of the madrigal in the new context of the basso continuo.

Le Nuove Musiche’s approach to Monteverdi is an innovative one: to bring the past into the present, keeping alive the questions of the Renaissance that still permeate our musical landscape today, while seeking to maintain the highest standards of performance authenticity. Their release of Books V & VI garnered excellent reviews, including five stars in the French magazine Diapason.

Claudio Monteverdi published his 8th book of madrigals in 1638, in a time when the opera as art form became steadily more popular. In order to add a theatrical character to his madrigals he named them “madrigali guerrieri e amorosi”, madrigals of war and love. They are indeed overtly dramatic in expression, in fact they may be called mini operas in its opposing characters, intense drama and programmatic writing. Highlights are the famous “Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” (on text by Tasso) and the breathtakingly beautiful Lamento della Ninfa, one of the most moving laments ever written.
The vocal ensemble Le Nuove Musiche consists of the elite of Dutch Early Music vocalists, led by eminent conductor and scholar Krijn Koetsveld. Their first Monteverdi recording, the Books 5 & 6 (BC93799) received excellent reviews in the international press, among which a “5 star” in the French Diapason.
Liner notes by the conductor, complete song texts in the original language included in the booklet.

Listening

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Altri canti d’amor, SV 146
  2. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Or che ’l ciel e la terra e ’l vento tace, SV 147
  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Cosí sol d’una chiara fonte viva, SV 147b
  4. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Gira il nemico insidioso amore, SV 148
  5. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Nol lasciamo accostar, ch’egli non saglia, SV 148b
  6. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Armi false non son, ch’ei s’avvicina, SV 148c
  7. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Vuol degli occhi attaccar il baloardo, SV 148d
  8. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Non è piú tempo, ohimè, SV 148e
  9. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Cor mio, non val fuggir, SV 148f
  10. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Se vittorie sí belle, SV 149
  11. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Armato il cor d’adamantina fede, SV 150
  12. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Ardo, avvampo, mi struggo, SV 152
  13. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Combattimento di tancredi e Clorinda, SV 153

Disk 2

  1. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Altri canti di marte, SV 155
  2. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Due belli occhi fur l’armi, onde traffito, SV 155b
  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Vago augelletto che cantando vai, SV 156
  4. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Ardo e scoprir, ahi lasso, io non ardisco, SV 158
  5. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Ninfa che scalza il piede e sciolto il crine, SV 160
  6. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Qui deh meco t’arresta, SV 160b
  7. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: De l’usate mie corde al suon potrai, SV 160c
  8. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Dolcissimo uscignolo, SV 161
  9. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Ballo delle ingrate, SV 167

Disk 3

  1. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Non avea Febo ancora, SV 163b
  2. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: “Amor”, dicea, il ciel, SV 163c
  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Sì tra sdegnosi pianti, SV 163
  4. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Perché te’n fuggi, o Fillide?, SV 164
  5. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Mentre vaga angioletta, SV 157
  6. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: O sia tranquillo il mare, o pien d’orgoglio, SV 159
  7. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Chi vole aver felice e lieto il core, SV 162
  8. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Ogni amante è Guerrier, SV 151
  9. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Io che nell’otio nacqui e d’otio vissi, SV 151b
  10. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Ma per quel ampio Egeo, SV 151c
  11. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Riedi, ch’al nostro ardour, SV 151d
  12. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Non partir, ritrosetta,SV 165
  13. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Su, su, su pastorelli vezzosi, SV 166
  14. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8: Ballo – Movete al mio ben suon, SV 154b