Huitieme Livre Madrigaux Monteverdi 1

Concert


Eighth Book - Madrigali Guerrieri


Monteverdi, the complete cycle of madrigals 

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Musical direction 

Paul Agnew 


Cast 

Miriam Allan, soprano  (Amore)
Hannah Morrison, soprano  (Clorinda, Venere)
Stéphanie Leclercq, contralto
Lucile Richardot, contralto  (Un delle Ingrate) 
Paul Agnew, tenor
Sean CLayton, tenor  (Tancredi)
Cyril Costanzo, bass
Lisandro Abadie (April) / Antonio Abete (May), bass

Musicians of Les Arts Florissants


Program

Altri canti d’Amor
Gira il nemico insidioso Amore
Horche ’l ciel, e la terra, e ’l vento tace
Armato il cor d’adamantina fede – A doi tenori
Volgendo in ciel per immortal sentiero – Ballo à cinque voci con doi violini

Interval

Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Se vittorie sì belle – A doi tenori*
Ogni amante è guerrier – A doi tenori
Ardo, avvampo, mi struggo, ardo: accorrete – A otto voci con doi violini

* sung by two sopranos

Musical editions : 
Les Arts Florissants (Pascal Duc)

Eighth Book - Madrigali Guerrieri
Monteverdi, the complete cycle of madrigals 


Musical direction

Paul AGNEW


Cast

Miriam ALLAN, soprano
Hannah MORRISON, soprano, Clorinda
Stéphanie LECLERCQ, contralto
Lucile RICHARDOT, contralto
Paul AGNEW, tenor
Sean CLAYTON, tenor, Tancredi
Cyril COSTANZO, bass
Antonio ABETE, bass, mai

Lisandro ABADIE, bass - Avril


Program

Claudio MONTEVERDI - Madrigals, Heighth Book

Altri canti d’Amor
Gira il nemico insidioso Amore
Horche ’l ciel, e la terra, e ’l vento tace
Armato il cor d’adamantina fede – A doi tenori
Volgendo in ciel per immortal sentiero – Ballo à cinque voci con doi violini

Claudio MONTEVERDI - Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

Claudio MONTEVERDI - Madrigals, Heighth Book

Se vittorie sì belle – A doi tenori*
Ogni amante è guerrier – A doi tenori
Ardo, avvampo, mi struggo, ardo: accorrete – A otto voci con doi violini

* chanté par deux sopranos

The great Heighth Book of madrigals is a monument in various ways.

In its size it is monumental; twice as long as any of the other books and divided clearly into two; the madrigals of Love and the madrigals of War (although we shouldn't be fooled by such titles since the wars are rather more amorous than military). So the Heighth Book of madrigals is really two books and we will perform it as such. These books mirror each other, each opening with a reflection on its title... Altri Canti d'Amor and Altri Canti di Marte, and each ending with a Ballo, a musical theatre piece which we will produce semi-staged. In the case of Guerrieri, the book of War we have the Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda of Tasso (famous for its virtuoso vocal imitation of the clashing blades of the warriors) and for Amoroses we have the Ballo dele Ingrate to the text of Rinuccini.

The Eighth Books are also monumental in their contents. The are monuments to Monteverdi's long career since both contain works from his much earlier Mantuan period, as well as his most modern compositions. Monteverdi, at his advanced age, must have been aware of the need to publish those works of which he was most proud, before it was too late. In this way the books are a very personal statement of Monteverdi's genius containing some of his most expressive and extraordinary music.

Finally, the Eighth Books are a monument to the madrigal itself. At the time of their publication in 1638, the madrigal is already considered by many as antique, having been supplanted by the aria and by the emergence of opera, but Monteverdi remains true to the madrigal in all its guises, loyal to the musical form that has served as his laboratory since his earliest compositions. It’s in the madrigal that he has experimented with his most audacious musical expression, and the Eighth Books represent the madrigals' greatest and last flowering.

After four intense and wonderful years, during which we have performed all of the first seven Books, we arrive finally at the crowning glory of Monteverdi's madrigal output, the Eighth Book of madrigals.

Since we have performed the complete cycle of Monteverdi's madrigals, we have been able to follow closely Monteverdi's stylistic development from his youthful first publication at the age of 19, edited whilst living at home in Cremona, through the transformational years in Mantua, as monody and opera flourished, to Venice, where the mature composer, famed and revered by now, will write his masterful late operas and publish the enormous miscellany that is the Eighth Book of madrigals.

Paul Agnew

This concert is part of a complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals being performed by Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew throughout Europe between 2011 and 2015, in partnership with the théâtre de Caen and the Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris.

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Paul Agnew presents the Seventh and Heighth Books of Madrigals

Previous dates

Season 2014/2015

Versailles / France
Salon d'Hercule du Château de Versailles

  • Thursday, April 16 2015, 9pm

Paris / France
Philharmonie de Paris

  • Monday, April 20 2015, 8.30pm

London / United Kingdom
Milton Court Concert Hall

  • Sunday, May 24 2015, 2pm

Caen / France
théâtre de Caen

  • Thursday, May 28 2015, 8pm

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