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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Altri canti d'amor: Sinfonia "Altri canti d'Amor, tenero Arciero"The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Altri canti d'amor: 'Tu Chi tessuta han di Cesare alloro'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Hor che'l ciel: 'Hor ch'el ciel e la terra, e'l vento tace'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Hor che'l ciel: 'Cosi sol d,una chiara fonte viva'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri: Gira il nemico insidiosoThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri: Se vittorie si belleThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri: Armato il corThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Ogni amante è guerrier, nel suo gran regno'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Io che nell'otio naqui e d'otio vissi'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 7:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Ma per ampio Egeo spieghi le vele'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri: Ardo, ardo, avvampoThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri: Volgendo il ciel per l'immortal sentieroThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Tancredi, che Clorinda un homo stima'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Non schivar, non parar, non pur ritrasi'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 1:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Tre volte il cavalier la donna stringe'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Torna l'ira nei cori. e li trasporta'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Amico, hai vinto: io ti perdon... perdona'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Altri canti di Marte: 'Altri canti di Marte, e di sua schiera'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Altri canti di Marte: 'Due begli occhi fur l'armi, onde traffitta'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Mentre vaga AngiolettaThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 9:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Ardo e scoprirThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: O sia tranquillo il marThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Ninfa, che scalza il piedeThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Dolcissimo uscignoloThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Chi vol haver feliceThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Lamento della ninfa: 'Non havea Febo ancora'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 1:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Lamento della ninfa: 'Amor, dicea, il ciel'The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Perchè t'en fuggi, o FillideThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Non partir ritrosettaThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Su su su pastorelli vezzossiThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi: Vago augellettoThe Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley 5:31$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb
  • Orchestra: Consort of Musicke
  • Conductor: Anthony Rooley
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (June 8, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00000J2PZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi" ("Madrigals Warlike and Amorous") is how Claudio Monteverdi titled his eighth and largest book of madrigals--which was actually two volumes in one. The "warlike madrigals" (concerned largely with the "war of love") feature the "agitated style" Monteverdi pioneered: quick, almost nervous writing, lots of rapidly repeated notes, and more syllables than a Gilbert & Sullivan patter song. These works culminate in the famous short quasi-opera Il Combattimento de Tancredi e Clorinda. The "amorous madrigals" are no less ardent, but they are less, well, warlike--that is, more leisurely paced, with plenty of chromaticism, dissonant suspensions, and giddily virtuosic runs to depict the pain and excitement of love.

Anthony Rooley, Emma Kirkby, and the Consort of Musicke made these recordings in the early 1990s. While the performances were widely admired in their day, they're now universally considered (at least by those of us who actually spend time thinking about such things) to have been superseded by the remarkable work of Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano. It's true that some of the singing on the Consort's first disc is lackluster, but things perk right up with the young Paul Agnew's solo in Volgendo il ciel followed by an energetic Combattimento. Everyone's back in fine form for the "amorous" madrigals on the second disc; particularly notable are the virtuoso turns for Agnew, Andrew King, and Alan Ewing, as well as the Divine Miss Emma. Yes, Concerto Italiano is preferable if you can afford both of the full-price discs, but at the bargain price Virgin is charging for these reissues, you'll get more than your money's worth. --Matthew Westphal

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "jern" on May 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This interpetation of the 8th (and last) book of madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi is the best I've heard. Nine perfectly balanced voices with clear but restrained period instrumentation show off the music in its polyphonic and chromatic brilliance. Solo passages are sung with great attention to the phrasing and dynamic possibilities inherent in the score. The overall effect is one of intimate brilliance.
The enginnering of the recording was excellent. The only disapointment was a dearth of information about the text of the score.
Highly recommended!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on December 5, 2007
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EARLY MUSIC NEWS COMMENTING ON THE 'CONSORT OF MUSICKE': "THEY COULD HAVE NO BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILL THAN IN THE MAGNIFICENT MADRIGALS BY MONTEVERDI'S ATTENTION TO CLARITY OF PRONUNCIATION AND THE NATURAL RHYTHMIC MOVEMENT OF THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE...HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STRENGTH OF THE GROUP." And in addition the Consort is distinguished by vitality, excitement and progressive exploration. Enough said!!!

Montrverdo's eighth book of madrigals was the last to be published in his lifetime and represents a summation of his work in this genre. As its title implies, the eighth book is divided into two sections, devoted respectively to madrigals of war and madrigals of love.

In his long preface to the volume, Monteverdi referred to the 'humours' in man (an idea current in his era) concluding that it should be possible for music to inspire calmness as well as agitation(relating to love and war) in its listeners. In fact,he claimed to have invented a new agitated style in 'Il Combattimento'. With the tender and impassioned style, the 'Madrigali amoroso' provided the perfect foil to the 'Madrigali guerrieri'.

This two CD set is a real treasure for Monteverdi fans. The singers are skilled in this genre and are totally enjoyable to hear. They are:Emma Kirkby & Evelyn Tubb (sopranos)- Mary Nichols & Kristine Szulik (altos)-Paul Agnew,Andrew King and Richard Edgar Wilson (tenors)- Alan Ewing and Allan Parkes (basses).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kerplunk on February 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Note that this 2-CD set of Monteverdi's Eighth Book of Madrigals is incomplete. The Consort of Musicke originally released the Eighth Book on THREE separate CDs: "Madrigali Guerrieri," "Madrigali Amorosi" and "Balli." Not all of the music from these three discs would fit on a 2-disc set, so only two of the three extended pieces from the "Balli" disc -- "Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" and "Volgendo il ciel" [also known as "Movete al mio bel suon" or "Introduzione al ballo e ballo"] -- made it onto the 2-CD reduction.

Unfortunately, "Il ballo delle ingrate" (39 minutes long) is GLARINGLY (to my mind) missing from the 2-CD set. (This piece features some gorgeous orchestration and powerful writing for the bass.)

If you buy the Consort of Musicke's 7-CD set of Monteverdi, titled "Madrigali," you will get ALL of the Eighth Book on discs 5, 6 & 7. However, note that the 7-CD set doesn't include any text (in either Italian or English translation) to any of the pieces. (But from what I gather -- from another reviewer -- this 2-CD reduction may not contain any of the text either.)

Five stars for the music, four for this reduction.
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