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From Mantua to Venice

With Donald Macleod. After his wife's death, Monteverdi has been left to care for their two young sons, but loses his job in Mantua. A position becomes available in Venice.

This week Donald McLeod explores the life and times of Monteverdi in his Venice years, when he became the most famous composer in Italy, if not the world.

Mantua, where Monteverdi was overworked and underpaid, had become intolerable. His wife, Claudia, had died and any ties to Mantua were sundered. With his two small sons, Monteverdi wanted to move on in the world; getting the sack from his job in Mantua simply spurred him on. When the Director of Music job at St Mark's in Venice fell vacant, Monteverdi threw his hat in the ring and landed the job. He would never look back, writing some of the most beautiful and expressive music the world has ever heard during his time in Venice.

1 hour

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Mon 19 May 2014 18:30

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Tirsi e Clori - ballo concertato

    Singer: Catherine Bott. Singer: Andrew King. Ensemble: New London Consort. Conductor: Philip Pickett.
    • L'OISEAU-LYRE : 440-637-2.
    • L'OISEAU-LYRE.
    • 14-15.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Sestina - Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata for 5 voices

    Conductor: Marco Longhini. Ensemble: Delitiæ Musicæ.
    • Naxos: 8.555312.
    • Naxos.
    • 8-11.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Augellin, che la voce al canto spieghi for 3 voices & bc

    Performer: Tragicomedia. Performer: Soloist/S.. Director: Stephen Stubbs.
    • TELDEC : 4509-91971--2.
    • TELDEC.
    • 1.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ecco vicine, o bella tigre for 2 voices

    Performer: Tragicomedia. Performer: Stephen Stubbs. Singer: John Potter. Singer: Douglas Nasrawi.
    • TELDEC : 4509-91971--2.
    • TELDEC.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Eccomi pronta ai baci for 3 voices

    Ensemble: Tragicomedia. Director: Stephen Stubbs.
    • Teldec: 4509-01071-2.
    • Teldec.
    • 7.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    S'el vostro cor, madonna for 2 voices

    Ensemble: Tragicomedia. Director: Stephen Stubbs.
    • Teldec: 4509-01071-2.
    • Teldec.
    • 8.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Vaga su spina ascosa for 3 voices

    Ensemble: Tragicomedia. Director: Stephen Stubbs.
    • Teldec: 4509-01071-2.
    • Teldec.
    • 14.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Cantate Domino for 6 voices and continuo

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • HELIOS : CDH-55145.
    • HELIOS.
    • 1.
  • Claudio Monteverdi, Harry Christophers, Margaret Phillips & The Sixteen

    Domine, ne in furore for 6 voices and continuo

    • HELIOS : CDH-55145.
    • Helios.
    • 8.

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