Claudio Monteverdi: Lagrime D'amante

La Compagnia Del Madrigale

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Format: CD

Cat No: GCD922810

Release Date:  07 May 2021

Label:  Glossa

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  8424562228108

Genres:  Classical  Baroque  

  • Description

    With 'Lagrime d'amante', La Compagnia del Madrigale, so accomplished with 16th and 17th century Italian music and words, turns its attention afresh to the music of Claudio Monteverdi.

    This new Glossa release faithfully conveys the beauty of the ensemble's vocal blend in a selection of five-part compositions drawn from the Monteverdi of Cremona, Mantua and Venice, but centreing on that cornerstone of his art, the Sixth Book.

    The act of singing whilst weeping – as Marco Bizzarini points out in his booklet essay – is somewhat unfeasible, but time after time Monteverdi strove to overcome that improbability by his music, often calling upon the best Italian poetry of the time: here, the fabulously vivid imagery of Torquato Tasso, Battista Guarini and Petrarch are well served by Monteverdi's musical response.

    The programme takes us through various troubled emotional states involving love: a lover dying of love, the partenza amorosa (or lovers' separation), even a shepherd accidentally wounding his loved one, but also the outpouring of grief in the Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata, a commissioned madrigal cycle to newly written words lamenting the death in 1608 of the promising singer Caterina Martinelli, a pupil of the composer, but also that of Monteverdi's wife.

    This work and others on this recording involved the lamented bass Daniele Carnovich to whom the group pay tribute; the sessions were completed by Matteo Bellotto.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Secondo libro dei madrigali: Ecco mormorar l’onde
      • 2. Quinto libro dei madrigali: Era l’anima mia
      • 3. Quarto libro dei madrigali: A un giro sol de’ belli occhi lucenti
      • 4. Quinto libro dei madrigali: Ecco Silvio, colei
      • 5. Secondo libro dei madrigali: Mentr’io mirava fiso
      • 6. Primo libro dei madrigali: Baci soavi e cari
      • 7. Quarto libro dei madrigali: Non piu guerra, pietate
      • 8. Terzo libro dei madrigali: Rimanti in pace
      • 9. Terzo libro dei madrigali: O primavera, gioventu del anno
      • 10. Quarto libro dei madrigali: Ah, dolente partita
      • 11. Sesto libro dei madrigali: Zefiro torna
      • 12. Quarto libro dei madrigali: Longe da te, cor mio
      • 13. Sesto libro dei madrigali: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata (Sestina)