CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI Il Nerone, ossia L’incoronazione di Poppea Naples manuscript version
La Venexiana Claudio Cavina
GCD 9209163 CDs and booklet (136 pages) in slipcase
Emanuela Galli, Poppea Roberta Mameli, Nerone Josè Maria Lo Monaco, Ottone Xenia Meijer, Ottavia Ian Honeyman, Arnalta Raffaele Costantini, Seneca
Recorded in the Church of San Carlo, Modena (Italy), in September 2009 Engineered by Andrea Chenna Produced by Stefano Aresi Executive producer: Carlos Céster Design: Valentín Iglesias Booklet essay: Stefano Aresi English Français Deutsch Español Italiano
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CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI ET AL.
Il Nerone, ossia L’incoronazione di Poppea
CD I [73:29] PrologoAtto I (Scenes 1-10)
CD 2 [64:08] Atto I (Scenes 11-13)Atto II (Scenes I-II)
CD 3 [67:03] Atto II (Scenes 12-15)Atto III
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This recording from La Venexiana unchains those passions stirred originally with the arrival of one of the most dazzling masterworks of Baroque musical theatre: Il Nerone, ossia L’incoronazione di Poppea. For a long time attributed only to the exceptional talents of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), today this opera is considered additionally to be the result of the combined contributions of various composers over a period of time, among them being Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), Benedetto Ferrari (c.1603-1681), and Francesco Sacrati (1605-1650).
Following on directly from a recent La Venexiana staged production, Glossa and the ensemble of Claudio Cavina present here a highly-charged reading of the art of Monteverdi and his heritage, as transmitted by him and through composers after him – an art which created, enlivened and ultimately completely changed the musical world of their times.
It is not only discerning music lovers around the globe who are giving a warm welcome to the recordings which are being published on Glossa; critical approval in the specialist media has been joining in as well. One example of the latter is the newly-instigated International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) which, for its inaugural 2011 edition, has chosen no less than nine of Glossa’s recent releases in its initial nominations. [read more...]
At Glossa we are very proud to salute the musical talents of our artists, whose splendid recordings ended 2008 receiving further critical approval, important echoes of how other music-lovers have been reacting across the year. Back in September 2008 Claudio Cavina of La Venexiana received its second Gramophone Award in London when their recording of Montervedi's L'Orfeo was voted by the UK magazine's critics as the winner in the Baroque Vocal category. [read more...]
Not for the first time in their illustrious career, Claudio Cavina and his Italian vocal and instrumental ensemble La Venexiana have just received a strong critical vote of approval for their artistry, with the announcement on Thursday September 25th that they have won a coveted Classic fM Gramophone Award. Claudio Cavina was on hand to collect the Baroque Vocal Award for 2008 (decided on by the specialist critics of the UK-based Gramophone magazine) at a ceremony held in London, UK for his and La Venexiana’s recording of the fabula in musica by Claudio Monteverdi, L’Orfeo.[read more...]
“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...]