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Claudio Monteverdi , Emmanuelle Haïm , Le Concert d'Astrée , Philippe Jaroussky , Véronique Gens , Joyce DiDonato , Topi Lehtipuu , Patrizia Ciofi , Laurent Naouri , Marie-Nicole Lemieux Audio CD
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listen  1. D'Hipparco E Di Climene Ospiti Miei (Egisto, 1643)Emmanuelle Haïm/Rolando Villazon/Le Concert d`Astrée 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lamento Della Ninfa - Madrigali Guerrieri, Et Amorosi, Libro Ottavo, 1638Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Natalie Dessay/Simon Wall/Topi Lehtipuu/Christopher Purves 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. L'Eraclito Amoroso - Cantate, Ariette E Duetti, Op.2 1651Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Philippe Jaroussky 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lamento D'Arianna - Arianna, 1608Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Véronique Gens 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Superbi Colli, E Voi, Sacre Ruine - Arie, 1620Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Christopher Purves 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Addio, Roma - L'incoronazione Di Poppea, 1643Joyce DiDonato 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Acate, Ilioneo, Compagni, Amici - Didone, 1641Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Topi Lehtipuu 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lamento Di Maria StuardaEmmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Patrizia Ciofi 9:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Dure Noie, Che Rendete - Argia, 1655Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Laurent Naouri 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Alle Ruine Del Mio Regno...Tremulo Spirito - Didone, 1641Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d`Astrée/Marie-Nicole Lemieux/Patrizia Ciofi 8:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tu se' Morta Mia Vita - Orfeo, 1607Emmanuelle Haïm/Rolando Villazon/Le Concert d`Astrée 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky, Véronique Gens, Joyce DiDonato, Topi Lehtipuu, Patrizia Ciofi, et al.
  • Orchestra: Le Concert d'Astrée
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B001B1R1IQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Assortment that lacked central attraction. February 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
It is difficult to go through the entire album. The listener gets lost somewhere after the 3rd or 4th track.
The singings are generally quite fine, though immediately you'd recognise that not all the illustrious big names are baroque experts.
The worst part is that the central theme is not immediately evident - it is too broad, too generalised for the well-trained ears of the conoisseur listeners. For the relative newbies, the choices are puzzling, since not all the singers manages to sing in authentic baroque style.
To quote from Ingrid Hyen here:
"Exactly the problems you have mentioned struck me throughout. Some very fine singers (Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazón and Topi Lehtipuu, for instance) just do not have the training in baroque singing - in approach, technique, knowledge of ornamentation. Patrizia Ciofi, too, just did not sound right in this repertoire. Joyce DiDonato always sounds beautiful, and she was more au fait with this style (although I think she's more at home in Handel than with the earlier composers). Laurent Naouri is a marvellous singer; if he had more knowledge of the style required, he'd be a dream in this repertoire. Jaroussky and Gens are the only two who are utterly and completely at home here, and as expected they are sublime to listen to.
I honestly believe the problem here is Haïm. Her conducting is self-willed, not dictated by the music's own song. If she understands the style and timbre of the early baroque at all, it seems it is only so that she can thumb her nose at it. But I don't think she DOES understand it...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great voices, 'new' old music! May 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The works here recorded likely will find the audience they deserve. They are not the usual Baroque selections that are the repertoire of all of the artists here represented, but instead of the same old things, here is a feast of music whose inspiration is based on laments - the kind of works (aka `arias') that fostered the development of opera as we know it. When Emmanuelle Haim is the instigator of a recording concept it is almost assured that she will dazzle the listener. Here she plays harpsichord and conducts her Le Concert d'Astree to provide support for a groups of enormously talented singers.

The works here performed are as follows:
Egisto, ` D'Hipparco e di Climene ospiti miei... Lasso io vivo ` by Francesco Cavalli from 1643 performed by Rolando Villazón.
Lamento Della Ninfa, madrigal in 3 sections for 1-4 voices (by Claudio Monteverdi 1638 sung Topi Lehtipuu, Simon Wall, Christopher Purves, and Natalie Dessay
Cantate, ariette e duetti for voice & continuo, Op 2: L'Eraclito amoroso , by Barbara Strozzi (1651) performed by Philippe Jaroussky
Lasciatemi Morire, Lamento D'arianna For Voice & Continuo by Claudio Monteverdi (1608) performed by Veronique Gens
Superbe colli , by Stefano Landi (circa 1586 - 1639) performed by Christopher Purves
L' incoronazione di Poppea, `Addio Roma' by Claudio Monteverdi (1642) performed by Joyce Di Donato
La Didone, opera: `Acate, Ilioneo, compagni, amici...
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a mixed bag.. March 18, 2009
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This album is well engineered from an acoustic standpoint, and there are some outstanding moments. However, like several of the other reviewers, I was puzzled over some of the choices. Certainly Gens, Jaroussky and a few others sing well in this style and acquit themselves admirably of the demands. There are however other tracks that are simply mortifying from a stylistic viewpoint. That said, some of the non-baroque singers do a fantastic job of interpreting the pieces with fire, interest, and passion that is often lacking from purists. While I cannot advocate this recording as an outstanding example of vocal style in the baroque, there are some excellent voices and interesting choices. Additionally, it sounds at times as if cathedral level reverb was added to some tracks and not others. Perhaps there were multiple recording spaces used? It is imminently distracting in the Lamento Della Ninfa.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of Early Baroque music April 19, 2012
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Perusing the other reviews and the widely variable star ratings, it becomes immediately obvious that this disc is not for everyone. This is especially true for listeners seeking more music like Jaroussky's Vivaldi albums, or Villazon's album of Handel arias. As most other reviewers have stated, the singers, the players of Le Concert d'Astree, and the direction of Ms. Haim are superb. The music, however, may be a surprise for those who are not looking specifically for it. The selections were chosen by Haim to explore the Aria Lamento form of the very early Baroque (works on this disc date from 1607 to 1655). Listeners expecting arias that sound like Handel or Vivaldi will be disappointed, but if you adore Monteverdi and Cavalli, you will be thrilled. The musical choices will be particularly interesting to those listeners and budding scholars seeking to explore the birth of opera and the 'aria' form. The arias include works by Monteverdi (who for all intents and purposes invented the lament with his "Lamento d'Arianna" from the opera L'Arianna-- included on this disc), Cavalli, Carissimi, Landi and Strozzi. All of these are chosen to explore dimensions of the Aria Lamento. In this case, the disc would probably best be described as the deeply personal journey of Emmanuelle Haim, who allows us to share in her joy of this early music. As a general description, the music is sad and thoughtful, quiet and introspective. There are a few moments where a few of the arias reach a feverish frenzy of grief and desperation, but this is rare. It is important that listeners follow the text as carefully as possible in order to fully appreciate the composers' art and this music. I find it perfect music for dark rainy days.
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