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Monteverdi: Flaming heart

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The group I Fagiolini "The Green Beans" is British, not Italian, dating back to a student ensemble formed at Oxford University in the 1980s. The booklet notes ask straightforwardly why, with the profusion of spectacular Italian and, they might have added, French takes on Monteverdi's music over the last few years, an English contribution is needed; part of the answer refers justifiably to the group's sheer love of Monteverdi's music. It need not have defended this approach, for this disc definitely fills a niche. Many of the new Italian Monteverdi recordings either focus on a large single work or are parts of sets that chronologically cover the composer's music, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The group I Fagiolini "The Green Beans" is British, not Italian, dating back to a student ensemble formed at Oxford University in the 1980s. The booklet notes ask straightforwardly why, with the profusion of spectacular Italian and, they might have added, French takes on Monteverdi's music over the last few years, an English contribution is needed; part of the answer refers justifiably to the group's sheer love of Monteverdi's music. It need not have defended this approach, for this disc definitely fills a niche. Many of the new Italian Monteverdi recordings either focus on a large single work or are parts of sets that chronologically cover the composer's music, but Flaming Heart is intended as a single-disc introduction to the composer, reaping the benefits of the insights that historical performance and a close attention to Monteverdi's treatment of texts have brought. The group's execution of this concept is superb. It involves putting the texts front and center in all the works on the recording, an approach that somewhat blurs the usual distinction between earlier and later Monteverdi works, between the older-style madrigal and the declamatory "seconda prattica," linked to the birth of opera, that Monteverdi honed to perfection. For I Fagiolini, the paramount importance of text lies behind a long evolution that began before the invention of opera in 1600, and the performances embody this idea beautifully. Sample the Book IV madrigal "Anima mia, perdona" track 3 as it catches fire and leads into the speaker's passionate identification with a lover's weeping -- in I Fagiolini's reading, the chains of chromaticism don't come off like Gesualdo but rather breathe the freer spirit of the later madrigals, and they are extraordinarily powerful. The program covers madrigals from several different books, as well as excerpts from the opera "Orfeo," which receive an imposing, spacious treatment from a larger instrumental ensemble. One can imagine hearing the "Orfeo" music presented outdoors in one of the great formal gardens of the Italian aristocracy, and then moving inside for the emotional intensity of the madrigals. In short, if you're looking to try one new Monteverdi disc, this one makes a fabulous choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2007
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115073025
  • Catalog Number: 730
  • Sales rank: 202,004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318: Prologo: La Musica - Claudio Monteverdi & Richard Campbell (5:41)
  2. 2 Luci serene e chiare, voi m'incendete, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 81 - Claudio Monteverdi & Anna Crookes (3:48)
  3. 3 Anima mia, perdona, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 80 - Claudio Monteverdi & Matthew Brook (5:21)
  4. 4 Tempro la cetra, madrigal for tenor & strings (from Book 7), SV 117 - Claudio Monteverdi & Richard Campbell (9:17)
  5. 5 Ahi, com'a un vago sol cortese giro, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 5), SV 101 - Claudio Monteverdi & Giovanni Battista Guarini (5:15)
  6. 6 Con che soavità, labbra odorate, madrigal for soprano and instruments (from Book 7), SV 139 - Claudio Monteverdi & Richard Campbell (5:12)
  7. 7 La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318: Sinfonia - Claudio Monteverdi & Richard Campbell (1:21)
  8. 8 Ch'io t'ami e t'ami piu de la mia vita, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 5), SV 98 - Claudio Monteverdi & Anna Crookes (8:02)
  9. 9 Se pur destina e vole il cielo, for tenor & continuo (from Madrigals, Book 7), SV 142 - Claudio Monteverdi & Robert Hollingworth (8:10)
  10. 10 Parlo, miser'o taccio?, madrigal for 2 sopranos & bass (from Book 7), SV 136 - Claudio Monteverdi & Anna Crookes (4:43)
  11. 11 Movete al mio bel suon le piante snelle, semi-dramatic ballet (from Book 8), SV 154: Volgendo il ciel - Claudio Monteverdi & Richard Campbell (10:59)
  12. 12 Longe da te, cor mio, struggomi di dolore, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 92 - Claudio Monteverdi & Matthew Brook (2:59)
  13. 13 Piagn' e sospira, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 93 - Claudio Monteverdi & Matthew Brook (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
I Fagiolini Primary Artist
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