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The Man from Cremona

Donald Macleod focuses on Monteverdi's rapid rise from Cremona choirboy to string player and composer at Mantua. Including Ardo; Rimanti in Pace; Cruda Amarylli; O mirtillo.

To mark 450 years since the composer's birth, Donald Macleod traces Claudio Monteverdi's remarkable rise from relatively humble origins in Cremona (he was the son of a barber-surgeon) to his subsequent career as instrumentalist and composer at the court of Vincenzo Gonzaga at Mantua, and his later promotion to the role of Director of Music at the Basilica of St Mark's in Venice.

In today's episode, Donald traces Monteverdi's rapid rise from Cremona choirboy, with one collection of compositions published by the time he was 15, to attaining the post of string-player at the court of Mantua, the home of the fabulously wealthy Gonzaga family. With no fewer than four books of madrigals to his name by the age of 30, Monteverdi is already set to transform the traditional form of the madrigal - and in so doing, will incur the wrath of one Canon Artusi, who is offended by the composer's 'trenchant dissonances'!

Ardo
Hugues Cuenod, tenor
Paul Durenne, tenor
Nadia Boulanger, director

Ubi duo; Quam pulchra es; Ave Maria
Gyor Girls' Chorus
Milos Szabo, director

Non si levava ancor l'alba novella
E dicea l'una sospirando allora
Ecco mormorar l'onde
Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini, director

Rimanti in pace
I Fagiolini
Robert Hollingworth, director

Sfogava con le stelle
Si ch'io vorrei morire
Voi pur da me partite, anima dura
Les Arts Florissants
Paul Agnew, director

Cruda Amarylli
O mirtillo
Era l'anima mia
Les Arts Florissants
Paul Agnew, director.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 15 May 2017 18:30

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ardo E Scoprir, Ahi Lasso, Io Non Ardisco

    Performer: Ensemble.. Singer: Hugues Cuénod. Singer: Paul Derenne. Director: Nadia Boulanger.
    • EMI : CDH-7 61025 2.
    • EMI.
    • 11.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ubi Duo vel tres

    Choir: Gyor Girls' Chorus. Conductor: Miklos Szabo.
    • HUNGAROTON : HCD-12921.
    • HUNGAROTON.
    • 11.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    O Quam Pulchra Es

    Choir: Gyor Girls' Chorus. Conductor: Miklos Szabo.
    • HUNGAROTON : HCD-12921.
    • HUNGAROTON.
    • 12.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ave Maria, Gratia Plena

    Choir: Gyor Girls' Chorus. Conductor: Miklos Szabo.
    • HUNGAROTON : HCD-12921.
    • HUNGAROTON.
    • 13.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Non Si Levav'Ancor L'Alba Novella

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Director: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • OPUS III : OPS-30-111.
    • OPUS III.
    • 4.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    E dicea l'una sospirando allora

    Choir: Concerto Italiano. Director: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • OPUS III : OPS-30-111.
    • 2.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ecco Mormorar L'Onde

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • OP30111.
    • Naive.
    • 13.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Rimanti In Pace A La Dolente E Bella Fillida

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • CHACONNE : CHAN-0749.
    • CHACONNE.
    • 3.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Sfogava Con Le Stelle

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: Paul Agnew.
    • AF: 241054.
    • AF.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Si Ch'Io Vorrei Morire (O Jesu Mia Vita)

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: Paul Agnew.
    • LRF AF003.
    • LRF.
    • 2.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Voi Pur Da Me Partite

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: Paul Agnew.
    • AF: 241054.
    • AF.
    • 3.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Cruda Amarilli (Felle Amaro)

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: Paul Agnew.
    • LRF : AF003.
    • 6.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    O Mirtillo, Mirtill'Anima Mia (O Mi Fili)

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: Paul Agnew.
    • LRF AF003.
    • 7.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Era L'Anima Mia Gia Presso A L'Ultim' Hore

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: Paul Agnew.
    • LRF : AF003.
    • 8.

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