Recorded at the Cité de la Musique during the complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals mounted in partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre de Caen, the last volume in our trilogy probably contains the best-loved gems of a composer who had become maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, and finally entered the priesthood.
Alongside the great operas that have survived from this period, the final madrigals methodically explore the multiple possibilities offered by the rapidly developing practice of basso continuo and by an unprecedented exploitation of solo voices. And, in that respect, the celebrated 'Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' forms a spectacular finale to our Monteverdian adventure!
Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew
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Tempro la cetra (Symphonia)
Al lume delle stelle
Con che soavità (Book 7)
Chiome d'oro (Book 7)
Tirsi e Clori, ballo concertato (Book 7)
Altri canti d'Amor (Book 8)
Lamento della Ninfa (Book 8)
Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
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2nd February 2017
“the typical refinement of Les Arts Florissants and the scrupulous way voices and instruments complement each other are a treat in themselves.”