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Il Sesto Libro De Madrigali

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1. Lasciatemi Morire-Prima Parte
2. O Teseo, O Teseo Mio-Seconda Parte
3. Dove, Dov'e La Fede-Terza Parte
4. Ahi, Che Pur Non Risponde-Quarta E Ultima Parte
5. Zefiro Torna
6. Una Donna Fra L'Altre
7. A Dio, Florida Bella
8. Incenerite Spoglie
9. Ditelo
10. Dara La Notte Il Sol
11. Ma Te Raccoglie
12. O Chiome D'Or
13. Dunque, Amate Reliquie
14. Ohime Il Bel Viso
15. Qui Rise, O Tirsi
16. Misero Alceo
17. Batto, Qui Pianse Ergasto
18. Presso Un Fiume Tranquillo

Product Details

  • Performer: Monteverdi, Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini
  • Audio CD (May 16, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Opus 111
  • ASIN: B000E6G7CK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on September 16, 2008
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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was, judging by his music, a devote believer in the glory of the Christian religion and the Christian mysteries. More than any other composer, he expressed the ideals of his era, the Counter-reformation, in his paeans of spiritual joy in the Marian Vespers and in his masses and motets. People feel that religious exaltation in his music; the Vespers of 1610 ranks only behind Handel's Messiah and Bach's B-minor mass in frequency of performance worldwide.

Monteverdi's Sixth Book of madrigals, nevertheless, is an expression of unconsolable despair - ten settings of poetic laments over parting and death, with only the most wistful reference in one of them to another life. The evidence suggests that this was Monteverdi's most personal collection, representing his profound grief at the death of his wife in 1607 and of his favorite pupil in 1608, a young soprano for whom he had written the opera Arianna, plus his distress at the collapse of his career in Mantua. It's a tribute to Monteverdi's humanity - his HUMANISM - that he could share his grief with the world in possibly the most gorgeous songs of sorrow ever written, realizing the human value of sorrow without sentimentalizing or passing judgment on it.

So... These are the saddest and most beautiful of Monteverdi's madrigals. The version of Il Lamento d'Arianna in the Sixth Book is a five-voice recomposition of the aria from the lost opera. The aria also survives as a tantalizing fragment, a favorite of sopranos, but the polyphonic madrigal is incomparable. Monteverdi had set Petrarch's poem Zefiro Torna as a canzonetta of exquisite light-heartedness, but in the Sixth Book he transforms it into a poignant lament.
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