Monday, December 18, 2017

The Heritage of Claudio Monteverdi. CD 5. Per il Santissimo Natale. (Vocal and instrumental Works)

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: October 2017.
First listen: 18-12-2017.
Label: Ricercar.
CD 5 from 7.
Recording dates: March 1998.
Venue: Mormont, Belgium, Eglise Saint Michel.
Engineer: Jérôme Lejeune.
Time: 69:05.

Composers on this disc:
Ignazio Donati.
Maurizio Cazzati.
Claudio Monteverdi.
Adriano Banchieri.
Bernardo Storace.
Antonio Cifra.
Orazio Tarditi.
Giovanni Picchi.
Giuseppe Scarani.
Tarquino Merula.
Francesco Flamengo.
Girolamo Frescobaldi.
Giovanni A. Rigatti.

Performed by:
La Fenice, Jean Tubery.
with the participation of:
Maria Cristina Kiehr, Soprano.
Kathelijne Van Laethem, Mezzo.
John Elwes, Tenor.

Organ used: After Italian models of the 17th century.
Made by: Thomas Ster Francorchamps 1994.

In all respects a beautiful disc, well sung by all, and instrumental excellence to match. A complete and satisfying picture. Many of the composers were unknown to me, so this is an exciting journey through uncharted territory. Both Soprano and Mezzo fit well together and harmonize beautifully. John Elwes can be a bit overbearing but his expression tells the story. All pieces are sung with an exceptional combination of clarity and weight, that marks the total impression and balance between soloists and instrumental ensemble. The music is delivered with such unaffected simplicity and instinctive flow,... the heart of a programme that celebrates a lived musical culture as much as a historic document. As a whole this performance has an aesthetic directness that is very appealing to me.
The recording is top notch. 

On my listening menu today (24-4-2018)

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