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Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Cantillation - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2005)

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Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Cantillation - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2005)

Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Cantillation - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2005)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 892 Mb | Total time: 112:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ABC Classics | # 476 8030 | Recorded: 2004

Orfeo is the often counted as the first true opera, though there were a number before this. Monteverdi chose a fitting subject for his masterwork, and it's a subject very dear to opera composer's hearts. From the glorious Toccata beginning the work to the tour-de-force that is the centrepiece of the work - Orfeo's Possente Spirto - this is a magical and awe-inspiring work.

Jürgen Jürgens, Concentus Musicus Wien - Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1993)

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Jürgen Jürgens, Concentus Musicus Wien - Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1993)

Jürgen Jürgens, Concentus Musicus Wien, Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg - Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 481 Mb | Total time: 53:13+44:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | 92175 | Recorded: 1966

…For me, this composer deserves singing and playing to match his own level of daring, of passion and of originality, and I find that on the recording by the Monteverdi Choir and the Concentus Musicus, directed by Jürgen Jürgens with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec 4509921752) - just listen to Nigel Rogers in "Nigra sum": not just breathtaking in terms of virtuosity but fascinating in interpretation of language, and full of the kind of living, breathing joy in the score.

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2015)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2015)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 558 Mb | Total time: 119:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alia Vox | AVSA9911 | Recorded: 2002

This live recording made on January 31, 2002 at the Liceu Theater in Barcelona is already a cornerstone of any Monteverdi discography. Previously only available on DVD from Opus Arte, this multi-channel SACD version reveals the full scale of Jordi Savall's inspiration. Beautifully executed by La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, and a cast of soloists that includes Furio Zanasi, Sara Mingardo, and the late Montserrat Figueras, this is a release to treasure.

Marco Longhini, Delitiae Musicae - Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 8 - 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi' [4CDs] (2017)

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Marco Longhini, Delitiae Musicae - Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 8 - 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi' [4CDs] (2017)

Marco Longhini, Delitiae Musicae - Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 8 - 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi' [4CDs] (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.98 Gb | Total time: 3:41:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.573755-58 | Recorded: 2005

The Eighth Book of Madrigals, subdivided into a substantial series of vocal and instrumental partbooks, contains some of Monteverdi’s greatest music. In this sumptuous collection the material is carefully arranged by category into madrigals of war, love and those for the stage, with a wide array of human passions and compositional styles. This is the first recording to present Book Eight in its original, uncut form, also incorporating instrumental sinfonias and dances by Biagio Marini (1594-1663) to round off Monteverdi’s design. In keeping with seventeenth-century practice, the madrigals are performed entirely by male voices, including a boy soprano in the role of Cupid.

Philippe Jaroussky - La Voix des Reves: Greatest moments in concert (2012) [BDRip]

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Philippe Jaroussky - La Voix des Reves: Greatest moments in concert (2012) [BDRip]

Philippe Jaroussky - La Voix des Rêves: Greatest moments in concert (2012) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 161 min | 7,79 Gb
Audio: AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Virgin Classics | Sub: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

LA VOIX DES RÊVES - Greatest Moments in Concert” (available on DVD & Blu Ray) features video footage from a number of occasions and venues – including items from a concert given among the crystal chandeliers of the splendid Galerie des Glaces in the palace of Versailles, and works by Handel and Vivaldi performed in another jewel of French Baroque architecture, the sumptuously decorated Chapelle de la Trinité in Lyon.

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible (2019)

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Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible (2019)

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible: Josquin, Victoria, Tallis, Monteverdi, Bach, Daniel-Lesur, Williams (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 71:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CORO | COR16171 | Recorded: 2018

Painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, pioneer of flight, anatomist, scientist - yet according to Vasari, Leonardo’s first job outside Florence was as a musician. “Music cannot be regarded other than as the sister of painting', said Leonardo, so for the 500th anniversary of his death in 2019, I Fagiolini and Martin Kemp offer reflections of his images in vocal music: aural Fantasia dei Vinci - art through the prism of music.

Romina Basso, Markellos Chryssicos, Latinitas Nostra - Lamento (2014)

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Romina Basso, Markellos Chryssicos, Latinitas Nostra - Lamento (2014)

Romina Basso, Markellos Chryssicos, Latinitas Nostra - Lamento (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 64:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V5390 | Recorded: 2010

This is the first solo recital recording of mezzo soprano Romina Basso, yet currently one of the most busy and outstanding baroque specialists. Recorded in Athens with the Greek musicians of the Latinitas Notra ensemble and led by Markellos Chryssicos, this striking record offers incandescent and special performances of Italian baroque masterpieces that feature among the most heart-rending, including: Monteverdi’s 'Lamento d’Arianna', Rossi’s 'Lamento della regina di Svezia' and Strozzi’s 'Lagrime mie'.

John Pritchard, Raymond Leppard - Monteverdi: Coronation of Poppea & Madrigals (2000)

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John Pritchard, Raymond Leppard - Monteverdi: Coronation of Poppea & Madrigals (2000)

John Pritchard, Raymond Leppard - Monteverdi: Coronation of Poppea & Madrigals (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 641 Mb | Total time: 72:49+69:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 73842 2 | Recorded: 1963, 1967

This performance from the 1950s sounds surprising after decades of authentic performance. The instruments are modern, the forces large and the style of singing rich, full and almost romantic. Yet the effect is electrifying. All the performers sing with such conviction that this Poppea moved me and it makes some authentic performances sound thin and academic by comparison.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Lo Sposalizio: The wedding of Venice to the sea (1998)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Lo Sposalizio: The wedding of Venice to the sea (1998)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Lo Sposalizio: The wedding of Venice to the sea: Giovanni & Andrea Gabrieli, Gussago, Guami, Viadana, Massaino, Kapsberger, Monteverdi (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 88:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67048 | Recorded: 1998

From the eleventh century, Venetian mariners gathered together once each year to offer prayers to San Nicolò, the patron saint of sailors, asking for his continued protection. Initially the service was a simple benediction in which the Adriatic Sea was blessed with holy water. By the late-sixteenth century the ceremony had evolved into one of the most lavish and important dates in the Venetian calendar. Ascension Day now launched a large spring festival which was headed by the symbolic wedding of Venice to the Adriatic—the Sposalizio.

Roy Goodman, Peter Holman, The Parley of Instruments - Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (1984)

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Roy Goodman, Peter Holman, The Parley of Instruments - Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (1984)

Roy Goodman, Peter Holman, The Parley of Instruments - Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 172 Mb | Total time: 42:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66021 | Recorded: 1981

There are few records of Monteverdi's solo vocal music as persuasive as this…the performances are outstanding, with the edge of Emma Kirkby's voice attractively presented in an aptly reverberant acoustic.

Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley - Monteverdi & India: Olympia's Lament (1986)

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Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley - Monteverdi & India: Olympia's Lament (1986)

Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley - Monteverdi & India: Olympia's Lament (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 180 Mb | Total time: 46:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66106 | Recorded: 1983

…The crystal-clear tone, thoughtful intonation and bright sparkle of this beautiful voice [Emma Kirkby] is unmistakable. The music is not so well known as it ought to be and Anthony Rooley, who accompanies here so tellingly, is adept at promoting lesser-known works.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Monteverdi: Musica Sacra (1996)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Monteverdi: Musica Sacra (1996)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Monteverdi: Musica Sacra (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 75:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OPS 30-150 | Recorded: 1996

A glorious collection of Monteverdi's church music performed expertly by the Concerto Italiano under Rinaldo Alessandrini. Starting of with a number of larger scale psalm settings concluded by a magnificat the focus subsequently moves to smaller scale settings written for avariety of occasions. The diction is very good and the music making always sensitive to the moods and the meaning of the words.

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.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea (2019)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea (2019)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 950 Mb | Total time: 3h 06'35'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HAF890262224 | Recorded: 2018

“Some of the most wonderful music in the world” is how William Christie describes Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, noting in particular the opera’s overriding humanism and interest in questions of morality and ambition. Performed by an exceptional cast of soloists (including Sonya Yoncheva, Kate Lindsey, Stéphanie d’Oustrac…) working with a remarkable stage director, Jan Lauwers, each of the work’s characters is vividly brought to life, accompanied by a reduced ensemble featuring a large continuo section essential for capturing the unique sound world of the composer. This acclaimed production was recorded in 2018 at the prestigious Salzburg Festival.

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

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Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,40 Gb | Total time: 09:47:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697974502 | Recorded: 1984-2001

The recordings are typical DHM with superb clarity and dynamic range. The mastering to digital is excellent, and the booklet accompanying the series, while brief, is informative. The only unifying these here is baroque Italian composers, but it's extremely easy to fill a collection ten times this size with material from that category. What we end up with in these ten discs is a lovely mix of known and unknown, each pleasant to listen to and discover, and there's no listener fatigue at all working through these discs.