´ROUND M Monteverdi meets jazz
Roberta Mameli, soprano La Venexiana Claudio Cavina
Roberta Mameli, sopranoLa VenexianaClaudio Cavina
Efix Puleo, Daniela Godio, violins Luca Moretti, viola Caterina Dell’Agnello, cello Gabriele Palomba, Fulvio Garlaschi, theorbos Marta Graziolino, harp Davide Pozzi, harpsichord
Featuring: Emanuele Cisi, soprano and tenor saxophones Fausto Beccalossi, accordion Alberto Lo Gatto, double bass Donato Stolfi, drums
Total playing time 61:10 Recorded in Mondovì (Sala Ghisleri), Italy, in November 2009 Engineered by Matteo Costa Produced by Claudio Cavina Executive producer: Carlos Céster Art direction: Valentín Iglesias Booklet texts: Claudio Cavina English Français Italiano Deutsch Español
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Monteverdi meets jazz
01 Lamento della ninfaClaudio Monteverdi(Ottavo Libro dei Madrigali, 1638)
02 Ohimè ch’io cadoClaudio Monteverdi [arr. Lo Gatto](Quarto Scherzo delle Ariose Vaghezze, 1624)
03 Usurpator tirannoGiovanni Felice Sances(Cantade, 1633)
04 Canzonetta spirituale sopra la nannaTarquinio Merula(Curtio precipitato, 1638)
05 Pianto di ErinnaNicolò Fontei(Bizzarrie Poetiche, 1639)
06 Romanesca - Ohimè dov’è il mio benClaudio Monteverdi(Settimo Libro dei Madrigali, 1619)
07 Sì dolc’è il tormentoClaudio Monteverdi(Quarto Scherzo delle Ariose Vaghezze, 1624)
08 Trasfigurazione della ninfaAntonio Eros Negri
About this CD
What happens when you bring the worlds of jazz and Monteverdi together? Is there a musical meeting-point where the two can exist? Claudio Cavina clearly has been believing in this possibility for some time (witness some very “modern” moments in his recent Glossa recordings of the Scherzi musicali and L’incoronazione di Poppea).
Yet this is not La Venexiana playing jazz: Cavina and his musicians do not change a note of the original scores. Instead they bring all their experience and expertise of playing Monteverdi’s madrigals, sacred music (the 1610 Vespers being their current performing focus) and operas to bear on a group of “ ballads” from the 17th century, but in the company of a select quartet of improvising jazz musicians on saxophone, accordion, double bass and drums and all with the warm, soaring story-telling vocal tones of Roberta Mameli shining through as the protagonist.
The clue lies in the album’s title, with the musicians tipping their hats and paying hommage to jazz standards. And Cavina says that within Monteverdi ’s music, “there is something modern, something new and innovatory which encourages one to dare, to go further.” Listen to the results...
“I really do not think that there is one composer who can be rightly compared to this genius.”
In completing their masterful Monteverdi Edition, Claudio Cavina and La Venexiana have returned to the beginning – to the Madrigali a cinque voci… Libro primo – of Monteverdi’s exploration of the madrigalian art form, a journey which was to occupy the composer for more than 50 years of his life across his staying in the cities of Cremona, Mantua and Venice. In this First Book, published in 1587 when the composer was barely 20 years old yet demonstrably showing clear evidence of his approaching maturity, La Venexiana’s performances are again faithful to Monteverdi’s passion for the written word – above all to the weight theme of love. In this final release in the Monteverdi Edition Cavina adds a twist in the tail by including on this new CD the madrigals from the posthumous Libro Nono put together by the composer’s Venetian publisher. With the rerelease of La Venexiana’s recording of Il Terzo Libro (complete with a new essay penned by Stefano Russomanno), eight volumes now comprise Glossa’s Monteverdi Edition, all available within the attractively and imaginatively unified design style which has become the hallmark of the label. [read more...]