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Monteverdi & Scelsi: Vita / Arrangements for 3 cellos

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 7
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ardo si ma non t'amo, madrigal in 3 sections for 5 voices (from Book 1), SV 39
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Trilogy
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 8
>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Altri canti d'amor
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Hor ch'el Ciel e la Terra
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
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Notes & Reviews:

"Watching Sonia Wieder-Atherton play is like watching Rudolf Nureyev dance." - TimeOut New York A previous recording from Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Au Commencement Monteverdi, forged links between Monteverdi and later composers through works transcribed for cello. This new recording can be considered volume two in this project. As an interpreter of a very broad repertoire reflecting her imaginative world, a designer of projects, and a musician sought after by many contemporary composers, Sonia Wieder-Atherton occupies a special place on today's musical scene. She has been invited to perform at festivals around the world, from Italy's Spoleto to Germany's Dortmund Opera to the United States' Crossing the Line. Recognizing in Wieder-Atherton one of the most dynamic musical personalities of our time, the Academie des Beaux-Arts bestowed on her the Grand Prix Del Duca in 1999. The television channel Arte has aired several Maestro programs devoted to her.

"the main connection appears to be the sombre tone shared by both composers. To link them more securely, Wieder-Atherton has devised a narrative based around the character of Angioletta - after whom the longest and most satisfying of the madrigals was named - charting her path from infancy to an old age starkly depicted in the lowering clouds of Scelsi's "Ygghur I"" -The Independent



Reviews

Wonderful Monteverdi transcriptions, but uneasy music from Scelsi
The first piece is Monteverdi’s “avoce sola’ se I languidi miei sguardi”, and this cello transcription could have well been written for the instrument. It is slow and sorrowful, and difficult to listen to at first, it hits home so deeply. The next track is “ardo” and the mood continues. But then we get into the Scelsi work “triphon i” and the mood and texture shift, as Scelsi’s music is more discordant and less fluid than Monteverdi’s. It is attention getting, but so all-encompassing was the Monteverdi that I found the Scelsi unpleasant. We then return to the Monteverdi for two more transcriptions, and all is well again. Then Scelsi returns with the second part of his trilogy “triphon ii”, and again the dissonances don’t quite seem to fit. The rest of the recording alternates between Monteverdi and Scelsi, and each time I preferred Monteverdi’s music to Scelsi’s.

In the liner notes, Ms. Wieder-Atherton explains that most of the transcriptions on this recording come from Monteverdi’s eighth book (the book of loves and wars), and that she felt that Giacinto Scelsi (born in 1905) was also exploring the forces of human nature in his own way. It is also explained that for Scelsi’s “ygghur” the four strings of the cello were tuned differently, giving birth to weird sounds. That is certainly true – but it didn’t work for me. However, her cello playing is expressive and her tone is gorgeous throughout.

So I’m on the fence about this recording. I really like the Monteverdi, but am tempted to burn a copy of the disc without the Scelsi tracks. However, if the combination of the old and the new is your kind of thing, then this recording might just fit the bill.

Submitted on 03/21/12 by KlingonOpera 
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>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 7
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1619

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ardo si ma non t'amo, madrigal in 3 sections for 5 voices (from Book 1), SV 39
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1587

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Trilogy :: Triphon II
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957-1965

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 8
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1638

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea :: Introduction. Non morir Senequa
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1642

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Trilogy :: Triphon III
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957-1965

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Altri canti d'amor :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1638

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Trilogy :: Dithome
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957-1965

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Hor ch'el Ciel e la Terra :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1638

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Trilogy :: Ygghur I
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957-1965

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Sarah Iancu (Cello); Matthieu Lejeune (Cello); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1638