Monteverdi: Complete Madrigals / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae

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The madrigal, written for courts and patrons, was the ultimate secular song. The genre reached its zenith with the works of Claudio Monteverdi in successive...
The madrigal, written for courts and patrons, was the ultimate secular song. The genre reached its zenith with the works of Claudio Monteverdi in successive books that trace his technical and expressive innovations. In them, Monteverdi explored themes such as the vicissitudes and pleasures of love, as well as the art of war, and the pain of loss. The editions used in these recordings are the most authentic and uncut, and, in keeping with 17th-century practice, employ male voices only. Praised as ‘compelling, simultaneously controlled and imaginative’ (American Record Guide) the collection also includes pieces never before recorded. The instrumental and vocal ensemble Delitiæ Musicæ is considered one of the most enterprising Italian early music ensembles, with important recordings in the last 20 years that include the Missa Philomena Praevia of Verdelot, four widely acclaimed albums dedicated to Masses of Palestrina based on the compositions of the Flemish composer Cipriano de Rore, Lupus and Jacquet de Mantua. The unconventional yet impassioned interpretations by Delitiæ Musicæ and Marco Longhiniare seen as an important regeneration of Italian Renaissance and Baroque music.


Review excerpts of previously released volumes included in this set:

Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 2 / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae:

These unusual all-male Monteverdi madrigal performances are turning out to be the versions of choice--definitely worth serious attention.

– ClassicsToday

Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 3 / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae:

The less overtly theatrical pieces (O dolce anima mia; Ch'io non t'ami, cor mio?) are rendered with the same care for detail and artful phrasing that characterize the entire program, and conductor Marco Longhini's reasonably defensible decision to perform these madrigals with only male singers proves to be a very satisfying one, especially with such attractive, ideally matched, and expressive voices. This is great stuff, recorded in first-rate sound.

– ClassicsToday

Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8 / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae:

The quality of the performances is extremely high. Technical prowess is always in the service of the music, and Marco Longhini is not averse to pushing his all-male ensemble to extremes of slow or fast tempos or to special vocal effects. Another strength of this excellent interpretation is the size and scope of the instrumental forces.

– American Record Guide

Product Description:

  • Release Date: July 24, 2020

  • UPC: 730099150545

  • Catalog Number: 8501505

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 15

  • Period: ""

  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

  • Conductor: Marco Longhiniare

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Delitiæ Musicæ

  • Performer: Delitiæ Musicae, Longhini