Claudio Monteverdi

Born 15 May 1567. Died 29 November 1643.
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Claudio Monteverdi

Donald Macleod follows Monteverdi's road to stardom at the court of Mantua.

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Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (15 May 1567 (baptized) – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, gambist, singer and Roman Catholic priest.

Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period. He developed two individual styles of composition – the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque. Monteverdi wrote one of the earliest operas, L'Orfeo, an innovative work that is the earliest surviving opera that is still regularly performed. He was recognized as an innovative composer and enjoyed considerable fame in his lifetime.

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  1. Review of Il Nerone, Ossia L’Incoronazione di Poppea (La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina)

    Il Nerone, Ossia L’Incoronazione di Poppea (La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina) 2010

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    A beautifully focused recording, regardless of who actually wrote it.
  2. Review of Teatro d'Amore

    Teatro d'Amore 2009

    Reviewed by Charlotte Gardner
    Very special, and very surprising
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