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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Madrigals Books 3 & 4 / Le Nuove Musiche, Krijn Koetsveld

Audio Samples

  1. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: La giovinetta pianta, SV 60 $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: O come è gran martire, SV 61 $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Sovra tenere erbette e bianchi fiori, SV 62 $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: O dolce anima mia, dunque è pur vero, SV 63 $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Stracciami pur il core, SV 64 $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: O rossignuol che in queste verdi fronde, SV 65 $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Se per estremo ardore, SV 66 $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Vattene pur, crudel, con quella pace, SV 67 $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Perfidissimo volto, SV 69 $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Occhi, un tempo mia vita, SV 71 $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Vivrò fra i miei tormenti e le mie cure, SV 72 $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Ma dove, o lasso me, dove restaro, SV 72 $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Io pur verrò là dove sete, e voi, SV 72 $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Lumi, miei cari lumi, SV 73 $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 3: Rimanti in pace, SV 74 $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Ah dolente partita, SV 75 $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Cor mio, mentre vi miro, SV 76 $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Cor mio, non mori? E mori, SV 77 $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Sfogava con le stelle, SV 78 $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Anima mia, perdona, SV 80a $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Luci serene e chiare, SV 81 $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Voi pur da me partite, anima dura, SV 83 $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Ohimé, se tanto amate, SV 85 $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Io Mi son giovinetta, SV 86 $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Non piú guerra, pietate, SV 88 $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Anima dolorosa che vivendo, SV 90 $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Anima del cor mio, SV 91 $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Longe da te, cor mio, SV 92 $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Monteverdi — Madrigals, Book 4: Piagne e sospira, SV 93 $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 3, for 5 voices, SV 60-74
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 4, for 5 voices, SV 75-93
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Le Nuove Musiche, led by acclaimed director Krijn Koetsveld, continue with their exceptional series of Claudio Monteverdi's complete madrigals. Following on from Books V & VI (93799), and Book VII (94980), released in December 2015, they turn their attention to Books III & IV. At this stage of Monteverdi's career, he was at a turning point, something that comes across quite clearly in his compositions. In the more traditional works, he gives a clear nod to his teacher Marc'Antonio Ingegneri, as he demonstrates his ability to write in the declamatory Renaissance style. Where Monteverdi sets himself apart, however, is when he demonstrates his ability to match the tender lyrics to sound. O come gran martire, 'O what suffering it is', is a perfect illustration of this, as the mournfully drawn-out 'O' immediately captures the listener's attention, forcing us to appreciate the lover's lament. He repeats this device in Vattene pur crudel, when Armida's distressed cry of loneliness soars above the other lines: her rage at having been abandoned by her lover consumes the piece. Monteverdi straddles the Renaissance and the Baroque, and this comes to the fore especially in these two exciting books of madrigals. 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. This new instalment of the Complete Madrigals cycle by Le Nuove Musiche presents the complete books 3 and 4. The 3-rd and 4-th book of Madrigals form a transition from the declamatory Renaissance style to a more expressive way of handling the text, in which the musical expression of the emotional impact of the words has prime importance. For instance the lamento "O come e gran mortire", in its mournful and poignant drawing out of the lover's pain, will leave no listener untouched. 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 (Brilliant Classics 93799) 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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kapucijner Kapel, Emmaus Velp-Grave, The Netherlands (06/04/2015); Kapucijner Kapel, Emmaus Velp-Grave, The Netherlands (09/03/2014).



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Works Details

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 3, for 5 voices, SV 60-74
  • Conductor: Krijn Koetsveld
  • Ensemble: Le Nuove Musiche
  • Running Time: 42 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Madrigals, Book 4, for 5 voices, SV 75-93
  • Ensemble: Le Nuove Musiche
  • Running Time: 46 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1603