Monteverdi - Teatro d'Amore

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
A warning to purists: there's little in the packaging of this CD to indicate the interpretive freedom with which the ensemble, l'Arpeggiata led by Christina Pluhar, treats some of the Monteverdi love songs and madrigals on the album. There's a hint in the opening track, the Toccata from "Orfeo," in its wonderfully reckless abandon and prominent use of percussion. In "Ohimè ch'io cado," the solo madrigal that follows it, the continuo part is transmogrified into a walking bass, the rhythm is swung, blue notes abound, and the Baroque trumpet launches into frankly jazzy riffs between verses. We're clearly no longer in the land of scrupulously authentic period performance ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
A warning to purists: there's little in the packaging of this CD to indicate the interpretive freedom with which the ensemble, l'Arpeggiata led by Christina Pluhar, treats some of the Monteverdi love songs and madrigals on the album. There's a hint in the opening track, the Toccata from "Orfeo," in its wonderfully reckless abandon and prominent use of percussion. In "Ohimè ch'io cado," the solo madrigal that follows it, the continuo part is transmogrified into a walking bass, the rhythm is swung, blue notes abound, and the Baroque trumpet launches into frankly jazzy riffs between verses. We're clearly no longer in the land of scrupulously authentic period performance practice. It's followed by a traditional, but lusciously sensual performance of "Pur ti miro," from "L'incoronazione di Poppea," its accompaniment as direct and heartfelt as that of an Appalachian folk song, sung with a smoldering -- no, scorching -- erotic charge, by soprano Núria Rial and counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky. So, the listener is kept off guard from track to track about what the style of each selection will be. What all the performances have in common, though, is an acute attention to the emotions driving each piece, and to giving those emotions authentic and eloquent expression. Other highlights include especially spirited performances of "Lamento della Ninfa," "Sì dolce è 'l tormento," and "Zefiro torna" in the sly setting from the 1632 "Scherzi musicali". Pluhar's varied, inspired realizations of the scores, and the sensitive and lively contributions of the singers Rial, Jaroussky, along with tenors Cyril Auvity and Jan van Elsacker and bass João Fernandes, and the instrumentalists of l'Arpeggiata, make these performances shimmer with vibrant energy. The sound of the live performance is clean, clear, and present, and the pleasure of the singers and players is practically palpable. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Erato
  • EAN: 5099923614024
  • Catalog Number: 36140
  • Sales rank: 70,509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Work(s): Toccata - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (1:27)
  2. 2 Ohimè ch'io cado, ohimè ch'inciampo, madrigal, SV 316 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (4:05)
  3. 3 L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (4:11)
  4. 4 Damigella tutta bella, madrigal for 3 voices (from Scherzi musicali), SV 235 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (2:12)
  5. 5 Lamento Della Ninfa, madrigal in 3 sections for 1-4 voices (from Book 8), SV 163: Amor, dicea, il ciel - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (3:13)
  6. 6 Si dolce è'l tormento, madrigal for solo voice, SV 332 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (3:48)
  7. 7 Work(s): Sinfonie & Moresca - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (2:19)
  8. 8 Interrotte speranze, madrigal for 2 voices (from Book 7), SV 132 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (3:11)
  9. 9 Chiome d'oro, bel thesoro, madrigal for 2 sopranos, 2 violins and lute/harpsichord (from Book 7), SV 143 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (2:41)
  10. 10 L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Oblivion soave - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (2:45)
  11. 11 Hor ch'el ciel e la terra e'l vento tace, madrigal for 6 voices and 2 violins (from Book 8), SV 147 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (3:36)
  12. 12 Tempro la cetra, madrigal for tenor & strings (from Book 7), SV 117 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (7:49)
  13. 13 Ballo, for guitar, SV A1 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (3:06)
  14. 14 Con che soavità, labbra odorate, madrigal for soprano and instruments (from Book 7), SV 139 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (3:57)
  15. 15 Vago augelletto, che cantando vai, for 7 voices, 2 violins & bass (from Book 8), SV 156 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (4:24)
  16. 16 Zefiro Torna, madrigal for 2 tenors (from Book 9 & Scherzi musicali), SV 251 - Agnes Ausseur & Claudio Monteverdi (7:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christina Pluhar Primary Artist
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