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Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew - Monteverdi: Madrigali Vol. 3, Venezia (Live) (2017)

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Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew - Monteverdi: Madrigali Vol. 3, Venezia (Live) (2017)

Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew - Monteverdi: Madrigali Vol. 3, Venezia (Live) (2017)
Classical, Choral | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:14:49 | 171 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Release Year: 2017

After discs devoted to the madrigals that Monteverdi wrote in Cremona and Mantua, the final part of Les Arts Florissants’ anthology includes pieces from the Seventh and Eighth books. Published in Venice in 1619 and 1638 respectively, they were the last such collections to appear in the composer’s lifetime, and the 51 numbers (29 in book seven, 22 in book eight) include some of Monteverdi’s greatest music.

Selecting a single disc of music from such a rich treasury is a real challenge, and director Paul Agnew has mixed familiar pieces such as Lamento della Ninfa and Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (both from book eight) with less familiar, smaller-scale settings, from the relatively traditional Allume delle Stelle (book seven) to the vivid contrasts of Altri Canti d’Amor (book eight). But then, the Arts Flo series never set out to be comprehensive; it’s more a celebration of the joyous range and variety of Monteverdi’s madrigals as they evolved over six decades.

The recordings come from concerts in Paris in 2014 and 2015, and in theatrical settings like Combattimento, the live occasion does give the performance an extra edge of vividness. Elsewhere some might miss the earthy, sensuous quality that Italian groups such as La Venexiana, savouring every syllable, bring to this repertoire. But the typical refinement of Les Arts Florissants and the scrupulous way voices and instruments complement each other are a treat in themselves.

TRACKLIST

01. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Sinfonia. Tempro la cetra, SV 117 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew
02. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Al lume de le stelle, SV 138 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Lisandro Abadie, Miriam Allan, Zachary Wilder, Mhairi Lawson and Paul Agnew
03. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Con che soavità, SV 139 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew and Miriam Allan
04. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Chiome d'oro, SV 143 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Mhairi Lawson, Miriam Allan and Paul Agnew
05. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Interrotte speranze, SV 132 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew and Zachary Wilder
06. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Lettera amorosa, SV 141 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Lucile Richardot and Paul Agnew
07. Madrigals, Book 7, SV 117-145: Ballo: Tirsi e Clori, SV 145 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Lisandro Abadie, Zachary Wilder, Paul Agnew, Lucile Richardot, Miriam Allan and Mhairi Lawson
08. Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146-167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Altri canti d'Amor, SV146 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew, Sean Clayton, Lisandro Abadie, Miriam Allan, Lucile Richardot and Hannah Morrison
09. Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146-167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Dolcissimo usignolo, SV 161 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Miriam Allan, Cyril Costanzo, Hannah Morrison, Lucile Richardot and Paul Agnew
10. Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146-167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Lamento de la ninfa, SV 163 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew, Cyril Costanzo and Sean Clayton
11. Madrigals, Book 8, SV 146-167 "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi": Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, SV 153 (Live) - Les Arts Florissants, Hannah Morrison, Sean Clayton and Paul Agnew