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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Marijana Mijanovic, Kresimir Spicer - Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (2002)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Marijana Mijanovic, Kresimir Spicer - Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (2002)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Marijana Mijanović, Krešimir Špicer - Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (2002)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.61 Gb (DVD9) | 174 min
Classical | Virgin Classics | Sub: English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Ulisse was one of the first operas to be written for the public stage, not for royalty. Monteverdi was in his seventies when he wrote it, yet it is a work of intense and youthful passion, as well as wisdom. At nearly three hours (in this version, anyway), it demands a lot from its audience, and seeing it at home via DVD is a great way to make its acquaintance.
This production dates from 2000; this particular live performance was recorded in the fairly intimate Théâtre de Jeu de Palme in 2002. The production is simple but eloquent.

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.26 Gb | Total time: 11h 17' 57'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 63264-2 | Recorded: 1991-2000

For fans of Il Giardino Armonico's flamboyant flourishes and exuberant expressiveness, it's like having all your birthdays at once, being presented with this great Warner Classics 11 CD set. My own feeling is that this "free" approach to Baroque music is at its best when applied to the theatrical music of disc 8 or the seventeenth century Italian music on disc 1. The showmanship and playfulness is an absolute joy in many of those pieces. I'm less satisfied with the interpretations of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, (on discs 10 and 11), which require a different approach, I feel. I like my Bach to be a little more measured and subtle, I suppose. It has no need of the Il Giardino Armonico treatment. On the whole, though, I do love this set and wouldn't be without it.

Jérôme Lejeune - The Time of Monteverdi [8CDs] (2015)

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Jérôme Lejeune - The Time of Monteverdi [8CDs] (2015)

Jérôme Lejeune - The Time of Monteverdi [8CDs] (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.64 Gb | Total time: 10h28' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 107

The successor to Music in Europe at the time of the Renaissance, this second volume in our History of Early Music is devoted to the music of the first part of the Baroque period in Italy, from the Florentine Camerata and the first operas to the heirs of Monteverdi; it was at that time that the freedom of structure characteristic of the beginning of the 17th century began to give way to the first traces of formalism. This period covers almost an entire century, beginning with the performances of La Pellegrina mounted in Florence in 1589 and ending with the final operas of Francesco Cavalli in the early 1670s. The sacred and the profane mingled and met during this period, which also saw the birth of accompanied monody, opera and oratorio, virtuoso performance and the sonata; it is precisely this same mix that we see in the Nativity by Caravaggio that appears on the cover of this set. The musical expression of this Baroque aesthetic is the subject of Jérome Lejeune’s accompanying dissertation.

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach & Beyond [15 CDs] (2010)

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach & Beyond [15 CDs] (2010)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach & Beyond: Monteverdi, Schütz, Buxtehude, Ahle, Kuhnau, Zelenka, Vivaldi, Handel, CPE Bach [15 CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 4,75 Gb | Total time: 16:29:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-9036/39 | Recorded: 1997-2010

Widely regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Bach's music today, Masaaki Suzuki has made his name both as the artistic director of the Bach Collegium Japan and as a performer on the harpsichord and the organ. Much interest has been focussed on the BCJ/Suzuki series of Bach Cantatas, begun in 1995 and reaching its final stretch with the recent release of Volume 46 (of a projected 55 discs). Hailed by the international music press, this monumental undertaking has acquired a world-wide following. From the very beginning of the collaboration with BIS, however, there have been numerous recording projects beyond the sacred cantatas of Johannes Sebastian, and, indeed, beyond Bach himself. Some of these acclaimed recordings can now be found in a limited edition boxed set, released in connection with the 20th anniversary of Bach Collegium Japan this year.

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (1996)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (1996)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 825 Mb | Total time: 71:36+76:11+43:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 447 088-2 | Recorded: 1993

The central question was always about how much needs to be added to the surviving notes in order to make Poppea viable on stage. Gardiner and his advisers believe that nothing needs adding and that the 'orchestra' played only when explicitly notated in the score and was a very small group.

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)

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Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia, Arleen Augér, Della Jones - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 897 Mb | Total time: 72:27+78:32+43:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 353 468-234 | Recorded: 1989

There’s not much cruelty, corruption or ruthlessness in Arleen Auger’s exquisitely sung portrayal of the manipulative Poppea, but this hardly detracts from her otherwise radiantly expressive performance. This welcome reissue is not just exhilaratingly played by the City of London Baroque Sinfonia with a spareness and verve that keeps the drama taut, but impressively cast. James Bowman is an elegantly spurned Ottone; Gregory Reinhart a noble Seneca; and the wonderful Della Jones a spirited, quite convincingly masculine Nero. The only snag is Linda Hirst’s unlovely, rather hectoring Ottavia; it doesn’t do, somehow, to sympathise with Nero’s decision to dump her.

Raymond Leppard, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2004/1984)

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Raymond Leppard, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2004/1984)

Raymond Leppard, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2004/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.01 Gb (DVD9) | 151 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

“Raymond Leppard's edition of Poppea, first staged at Glyndebourne in 1962, opened many people's eyes and ears to Monteverdi for the first time. By 1984, though, when Glyndebourne mounted this new production, his Respighi- isation of Monteverdi's sparse original was distinctly old hat. The allegorical prologue was restored; but as well as the lush string textures there remained the downward transposition of castrato roles and the squeezing of three acts into two. Yet only the most fanatical devotee of historically informed performance could fail to respond to this wonderful production with sumptuous designs by John Bury.

Simon-Pierre Bestion, La Tempête - Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro (2019)

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Simon-Pierre Bestion, La Tempête - Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro (2019)

Simon-Pierre Bestion, La Tempête - Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 693 Mb | Total time: 142:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 552 | Recorded: 2018

Here are the Monteverdi Vespers as you’ve never heard them before! ‘I see these Vespers as a great incantatory ritual that connects the sacred with the pagan, the intimate with the collective. I experienced this powerful sensation many times in my childhood, in the choir of an abbey: the intense, warm light of a late summer day, filtering in from the west and reflected all the way up to the choir’, says Simon-Pierre Bestion. The founder of La Tempête has made very personal choices for this recording, notably concerning the composition of the orchestra, which he has enriched with instruments from different cultures, including the serpent and the chitarrone. He has added ‘fauxbourdons’, simple improvised chants deriving from folk tradition. The colours of the voices in these Vespers are also very unusual: Bestion follows in the tradition of oral polyphony as it still exists in Corsica, Sardinia and Georgia.

Anna Prohasca, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Enchanted Forest: Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Cavalli, Monteverdi (2013)

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Anna Prohasca, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Enchanted Forest: Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Cavalli, Monteverdi (2013)

Anna Prohasca, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Enchanted Forest: Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Cavalli, Monteverdi (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 70:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 479 0077 | Recorded: 2012

Anna Prohaska’s recital takes us into the moss-carpeted dreamworlds of Ariosto, Ovid, Shakespeare and Tasso. The theme is transformation, by love or magic or a combination of the two. Arcangelo’s instrumental playing is reliably interesting, sometimes too interesting (Jonathan Cohen is not a ‘less is more’ director). But the most effective enchantment occurs when Prohaska stops trying to fit her dryish, coolish voice into a Patricia Petitbon-shaped presentation box.

Jean Tubéry, La Fenice - L'héritage de Monteverdi Vol.7 - Concerto Imperiale (2005)

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Jean Tubéry, La Fenice - L'héritage de Monteverdi Vol.7 - Concerto Imperiale (2005)

Jean Tubéry, La Fenice - L'héritage de Monteverdi Vol.7 - Concerto Imperiale: Monteverdi, Castello, Buonamente, Ferro, Neri (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 66:50 | Scans included
Classical | Ricercar | RIC 240 | Recorded: 2000

Collection The Heritage of Monteverdi Whether they played violin, cornet, harpsichord or theorbo, Italian musicians of great renown called Buonamente, Castello, Pesenti and Ferro crossed the Alps to take up much-coveted posts at the courts of Emperors Ferdinand I and II. Their splendid music surged forth, blending the blaze of the brass with the sweetness of the strings in an unceasing tourney of virtuosity and emotions depicted in sound. A major rediscovery of this music as an instrumental prelude to the first madrigal of Monteverdis 8th Book, which ends this new recording of La Fenice.

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)

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Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 75:33 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMM 902632 | Recorded: 2018

The transition between the Renaissance and the Baroque eras did not mark one sudden change of forms or styles, nor did it signal the end of what Claudio Monteverdi called the prima pratica, or the primary practice of Renaissance polyphony. However, a new emphasis on powerful emotional expressions became a central feature of what he dubbed the seconda pratica, which came to the fore with the development of opera, most notably in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1607. Composers paid special attention to the innovations in the music of Venice, which eventually spread throughout Europe in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and such figures as Monteverdi, Antonio Lotti, and Antonio Caldara, long associated with the city, became exemplars of the new Venetian style, in both secular and sacred music.

Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)

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Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)

Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8710 | Recorded: 1989

Montserrat Figueras one of the best performers of Claudio Monteverdi’s vocal music. At this time, she developed an innovative style of interpretation, characterised by great fidelity to historical sources, combined with an extraordinary creative and expressive power, that has exerted a decisive influence on the whole historical music movement.
Vocal music before 1800 required a new technical and stylistic approach capable of restoring to the beauty and emotion of the voice, that most human of all forms of expression, the necessary balance between singing and declamation, with an emphasis on the poetic and spiritual dimension of the text.

William Dongois, Le Concert Brisé - Early Baroque Music for the Cornett (2018)

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William Dongois, Le Concert Brisé - Early Baroque Music for the Cornett (2018)

William Dongois, Le Concert Brisé - Early Baroque Music for the Cornett (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 912 Mb | Total time: 03:26:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Phaia Productions | # PPR 18003 | Recorded: 2003, 2005

The cornett was considered the instrument of kings and was one of the defining instruments until the 18th century, when it fell victim to the orchestral innovations of the classical period and went out of fashion. To this day, however, its sound continues to fascinate. To help listeners experience the magic of his instrument, William Dongois has teamed up with Le Concert Brisé to put together three sparkling programmes tracing the history of the zinc in the Baroque era, available together for the first time.

Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)

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Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)

Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 60:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1466 | Recorded: 2008

Rare recordings of two settings of Mary’s passionate Easter lament. For their second L’Oiseau Lyre disc, Il Giardino Armonico, again under their director Giovanni Antonini, are joined by celebrated mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, for a project exploring the Passion of Christ as seen through the eyes of the Virgin Mary. The two central works are both vocal settings of the Virgin’s lament.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 430 Mb | Total time: 86:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC76613 | Recorded: 2007

Monteverdi’s “Vespro della Beata Vergine” was published in 1610, together with his “Missa in illo tempore”. This edition is his first important collection of music for the Catholic service, although there is much uncertainty about how it came into being. In fact, it is a collection of various pieces which were most likely not conceived together as a self-contained unit.