Love and Loss

Love and Loss

by Arcangelo
     
 

Monteverdi's madrigals don't fall quite under a genre umbrella the way Haydn's string quartets do, or for that matter Thomas Morley's madrigals. Even within the last three books, from which British group Arcangelo and leader Jonathan Cohen draw on thisSee more details below

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Monteverdi's madrigals don't fall quite under a genre umbrella the way Haydn's string quartets do, or for that matter Thomas Morley's madrigals. Even within the last three books, from which British group Arcangelo and leader Jonathan Cohen draw on this recording, there is a great variety of pieces: polyphonic and monodic, dramatic and lyric, instrumentally accompanied and a cappella, melancholy and spirited. To put a series of greatest hits together, as Arcangelo does here, will result, despite the album title, in a hugely varied program that may work better in some places than others, and so it is here. "Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" (track 5), an action-packed setting of a long poem drawn from a Crusader legend, is almost a short opera, while the famed "Zefiro torna" (track 8) is a landmark in which the balance of the old madrigal was combined for the first time with the new concerted (instrumental) style. The "Combattimento," with tenor James Gilchrist joining the ensemble, is the highlight; Gilchrist sounds terrific and gets into the patter-like "stile concitato" style. Follow along with the enclosed text to get something of how gripping this work must have been when it first appeared. The Arcangelo vocalists otherwise are a mixed bag; they lay emphasis on the pungent dissonances that are the hallmark of Monteverdi's style in the vocal ensemble pieces, but the group sound is a bit bland. Still, a worthwhile collection of familiar Monteverdi madrigals for listeners who wish to avoid the blood-and-guts renditions of the contemporary Italian scene.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571280196
catalogNumber:
68019

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Tracks

  1. Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata, sestina  - Giulio Cesare Monteverdi  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Scipione Agnelli  - Avril Bardoni  - Simon Perry  - Jonathan Cohen  -  Arcangelo
  2. Ohimè il bel viso, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 6), SV 112  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Simon Perry  - Francesco Petrarch  - Jonathan Cohen  -  Arcangelo
  3. Zefiro torna e'l bel tempo rimena, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 6), SV 108  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Simon Perry  - Francesco Petrarch  - Jonathan Cohen  -  Arcangelo
  4. Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben?, madrigal in 4 parts for 2 sopranos (from Book 7), SV 140  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Simon Perry  - Jonathan Cohen  - Bernardo Tasso  -  Arcangelo
  5. Hor ch'el ciel e la terra e'l vento tace, madrigal for 6 voices and 2 violins (from Book 8), SV 147  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Simon Perry  - Francesco Petrarch  - Jonathan Cohen  -  Arcangelo
  6. Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, dramatic cantata (from Book 8), SV 153  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - James Gilchrist  - Simon Perry  - Torquato Tasso  - Jonathan Cohen  -  Arcangelo
  7. Volgea l'anima mia soavemente, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 79: Ei l'armi cinse, e su destrier alato. Ballo a 5, s  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Simon Perry  - Ottavio Rinuccini  - Jonathan Cohen  -  Arcangelo
  8. Su la cetra amorosa, aria di ciaccona  - Tarquinio Merula  - Avril Bardoni  - Simon Perry  - Jonathan Cohen  -  Arcangelo
  9. Volgea l'anima mia soavemente, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 79  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Simon Perry  - Jonathan Cohen  -  Arcangelo

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Arcangelo   Primary Artist

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