CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI Secondo Libro dei Madrigali
La Venexiana Claudio Cavina
La VenexianaClaudio Cavina, director
Rossana Bertini, soprano Nadia Ragni, soprano Claudio Cavina, countertenor Giuseppe Maletto, tenor Sandro Naglia, tenor Daniele Carnovich, bass
Playing time: 69’25 Recorded in Novara, Italy, in February 2004 Engineered by Davide Ficco Produced by Sigrid Lee & La Venexiana Executive producer: Carlos Céster Editorial assistant: María Díaz Art direction & design: oficina tresminutos 00:03:00 Booklet essay: Stefano Russomanno Booklet in English-Français-Deutsch-Español-Italiano
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CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567-1643)
Secondo Libro dei Madrigali, 1590
01 Non si levava ancor l’alba novella 02 E dicea l’una sospirando allora 03 Bevea Fillide mia 04 Dolcissimi legami 05 Non giacinti o narcisi 06 Intorno a due vermiglie e vaghe labra 07 Non sono in queste rive 08 Tutte le bocche belle 09 Donna, nel mio ritorno 10 Quell’ombra esser vorrei 11 S’andasse Amor a caccia 12 Mentr’io mirava fiso 13 Ecco mormorar l’onde 14 Dolcemente dormiva la mia Clori 15 Se tu mi lassi, perfida, tuo danno 16 La bocca onde l’asprissime parole 17 Crudel, perché mi fuggi? 18 Questo specchio ti dono 19 Non m’è grave il morire 20 Ti spontò l’ali, Amor, la donna mia21 Cantai un tempo e se fu dolce il canto
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Published in 1590, the Second Book of Madrigals represents, within the context of Monteverdi’s total output, the conquest of pure and immediate visual metaphor. No other Monteverdi collection overflows with so many images and descriptions of Nature. Visions of rivers, sunrises, breezes,birds, flowers, skies, fountains...
It is no coincidence that these madrigals, published by Monteverdi in the hopes of securing a position for himself in Milan, drew the attention of the court of Mantua and its duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, a great collector of artworks. A unique and exceptional chapter in the career of a musician who would progressively submerge himself in an analysis of the human spirit, the Second Book establishes the luminous coordinates of the fascinating equation between hearing and seeing. The Baroque was at the door, but these aural pictures seem to look back to the great legacy of Renaissance civilization.
The members of La Venexiana continue their journey through the entire collection of Monteverdi’s madrigals with another absolutely delightful recording, where they reach unparalleled levels of excellence in this most demanding repertoire with an exquisite display of interpretive maturity. Surely, another landmark in Glossa’s Monteverdi Edition.
“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...]