Monteverdi: Madrigals, Libri I & II

Monteverdi: Madrigals, Libri I & II
Composer Claudio Monteverdi
Artist Le Nuove Musiche
Koetsveld Krijn artistic leader
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94977
EAN code 5028421949772
Release May 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. Here, they look back to the very beginning of Monteverdi's works, when the young composer was still under the influence of his teacher Marc'Antonio Ingegneri. At this time, the madrigal was already a popular art form, one that Monteverdi was beginning to add his name to, before – as we know – he would go on to radically extend it with the introduction of the seconda prattica. These two books show that Monteverdi was an assured and dexterous composer in the established genre. He could follow the conventions of madrigal-writing – concentrating on the recitation of the text, adding in affects by altering the melody, rhythm and harmony – with skill and originality. Although he had to compete with other books already on the market, he was confident and ambitious – he dedicated his books to prominent patrons, and finally gained a royal appointment in Mantua shortly after the second book of madrigals was published.

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.

The first two books of Madrigals by Monteverdi date from the period in which he lived and worked in his native town Cremona. They are sublime examples of the Prima Prattica, in which Recitation of the text came first, and affects were made audible by melody, rhythm, and by playing with repetitions, strengths and harmony. In the Second Book we encounter lovely word painting and evocation of images and moods.
This is the third instalment of the complete recording of Monteverdi’s Madrigals by Le Nuove Musiche. This vocal ensemble consists of the elite of Dutch Early Music vocalists, led by eminent conductor and scholar Krijn Koetsveld. Their previous Monteverdi recordings received excellent reviews in the international press, among which a “5 star” in the French Diapason and a “10/10” in Dutch classical magazine Luister.
The booklet contains liner notes written by the conductor and the complete vocal texts and their English translation.

Recorded in The Netherlands in 2013.
Contains liner notes and a biography of the artists.
Contains the sung texts in Italian and English.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Ch’ami la vita mia nel tuo bel nome, SV 23
  2. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Se per avervi ohimé donato il core, SV 24
  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: A che tormi il ben mio, SV 25
  4. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Amor, per tua mercè vatten’a quella, SV 26
  5. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Baci soavi e cari, SV 27
  6. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Se pur non mi consenti, SV 28
  7. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Filli cara et amata, SV 29
  8. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Poi che del mio dolore, SV 30
  9. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Fumia la pastorella, SV 31a
  10. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Almo divino raggio, SV 31b
  11. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Allora i pastor tutti, SV 31c
  12. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Se nel partir da voi, vita mia, sento, SV 32
  13. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Tra mille fiamme e tra mille catene., SV 33
  14. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Usciam, ninfe, omai fuor di questi boschi, SV 34
  15. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Questa ordí il laccio, SV 35
  16. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: La vaga pastorella, SV 36
  17. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Amor, s’il tuo ferire, SV 37
  18. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Donna, s’io miro voi giaccio divengo, SV 38
  19. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Ardo, sì, ma non t’amo, SV 39a
  20. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Ardi o gela a tua voglia, SV 39b
  21. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 1: Arsi et alsi a mia voglia, SV 39c

Disk 2

  1. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Non si levav’ancor l’alba novella, SV 40
  2. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: E dicea l’una sospirando allora, SV 40b
  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Bevea fillide mia, SV 41
  4. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Dolcissimi legami, SV 42
  5. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Non giacinti o narcisi, SV 43
  6. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Intorno a due vermiglie e vaghe labra, SV 44
  7. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Non sono in queste rive, SV 45
  8. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Tutte le bocche belle, SV 46
  9. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Donna, nel mio ritorno, SV 47
  10. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Quell’ombr’esser vorrei, SV 48
  11. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: S’andasse Amor a caccia, SV 49
  12. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Mentr’io miravo fiso, SV 50
  13. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Se tu mi lassi, perfida, tuo danno, SV 53
  14. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Ecco mormorar l’onde, SV 51
  15. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: La bocca onde l’asprissime parole, SV 55
  16. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Dolcemente dormiva la mia Clori, SV 52
  17. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Crudel, perché mi fuggi, SV 55
  18. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Questo specchio ti dono, SV 56
  19. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Non m’è grave il morire, SV 57
  20. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Ti spontò l’ali, Amor, la donna mia, SV 58
  21. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 2: Cantai un tempo, e se fu dolce il canto, SV 59