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'Love and Loss' - Monteverdi: Madrigals / James Gilchrist, tenor; Arcangelo

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Volgea l'anima mia soavemente, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 79
>Merula, Tarquinio : Madrigals, Book 2, Op. 10
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 8
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Hor che'l ciel e la Terra
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Concerto. Settimo libro de madrigali
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Il sesto libro de madrigali
>Monteverdi, Giulio Cesare : Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata, sestina
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Gramophone Award-winning ensemble Arcangelo presents a selection from Monteverdi's last three books of madrigals. These ardent and passionate works are microcosms of Monteverdi's great operas and among his most celebrated music. The eighth book of madrigals introduces the genere concitato - (agitated style) that Monteverdi devised to convey the emotions of war, whether physical or psychological. Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda sets an extended passage from Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata. Tasso's text, set in the time of the first crusade, tells of the combat between the Christian knight Tancredi and the Saracen maiden Clorinda. Most of the action is conveyed by a narrator, sung here by celebrated tenor James Gilchrist.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
All of Cohen's singers come from the world of opera, and it shows in performances that place the drama of le parole to the fore...But among so much vocal athleticism, it's still the instrumentalists that dominate...Arcangelo's musicians deploy rough-edged expressive risk-taking within a framework of complete stylistic control.

International Record Review, March 2014
The first impression given by the opening track on this disc is of enormous energy and breadth. There is some superb singing from the assured and polished tenor Thomas Walker, while even more impressive is the remarkably full-bodied sound and glorious instrumental textures from the dozen players.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
These are not easy pieces, but the opening ballet swings along with panache, and there is some excellent tenor solo singing in the first section.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (2013-03-11&2013-03-13_2013-).



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>Monteverdi, Claudio : Volgea l'anima mia soavemente, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 79
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1603

>Merula, Tarquinio : Madrigals, Book 2, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Volgea l'anima mia soavemente, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 79
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1603

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 8
  • Performer: James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Running Time: 20 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1638

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Hor che'l ciel e la Terra
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1638

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Concerto. Settimo libro de madrigali
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1619

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Il sesto libro de madrigali
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1614

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Il sesto libro de madrigali
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1614

>Monteverdi, Giulio Cesare : Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata, sestina
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque