Third part of the trilogy dedicated by Paul Agnew to Monteverdi's madrigals, the CD Venezia appears under the label hamonia mundi on February 17, 2017.
After Cremona et Mantova, Venezia closes the trilogy imagined by Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants on the madrigals of Monteverdi. This program offers a selection of the most beautiful arias from books VII and VIII, that were composed by the maestro during his stay in Venice which was bound to influence deeply his later works.
«This recording is the completion of our series dedicated to the madrigals of Monteverdi. Monteverdi was born in the autumn of the Renaissance and died when the Baroque period, as it came to be known, was already well established. He witnessed and was in part responsible for an extraordinary transformation in musical composition from the sonorous polyphony of the Ars Perfecta to the birth of modern dramatic music. On this recording we hear a selection of the music he published during the final period of his life in that most theatrical of cities, Venice.»