30 Mar 2017

Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 3: Venezia

Monteverdi Madrigali Volume 3: Venezia
Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew Harmonia Mundi F HAF890 5 278

[...] Take, for instance, the little-recorded Al lume de le stelle where rising vocal phrases unfurl and look towards the stars as Tirsi is reminded of the glint in his lover’s eyes. The phrasing is incredibly spacious and even at its slowest, text is always the driving force to the extent that one can almost taste it. In the solo madrigals, Miriam Allan’s sublime singing in Con che soavità is delicately imbued with a knowing glint.  [...]

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