Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Heritage of Claudio Monteverdi. CD 6. Il Canzoniere, La Poesia di Francesco Petrarca nel Seicento..

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: October 2017.
First listen: 20-12-2017.
Label: Ricercar.
CD 6 from 7.
Recording dates: November 1999.
Venue: Bolland, Belgium, Eglise Saint Apollinaire.
Engineer: Jérôme Lejeune.
Time: 59:31.

Works on CD 6:

First part:
Rime in vita di Madonna Laura.
Composers track 1-8.

Marco Gagliano.
Salomone Rossi.
Jacopo Peri.
Tarquinio Merula.
Sigismondo D'India.
Stefano Landi.
Giovanni Battista.
Martino Pesenti.

Second part:
Rime in morte di Madonna Laura.
Composers track 9-15.

Giovanni M. Trabacci.
Camillo Lambardi.
Nicolo Borboni.
Sigismondo D'India.
Marco da Gagliano.
Oratio Bassani.
Claudio Monteverdi.

Performed by:
La Fenice, Jean Tubéry. (Instrumental)
with participation of:
Maria Cristina Kiehr, Salomé Haller, Sopranos.
Stephan Van Dyck, Jan Van Elsacker, Tenors.
Pascal Bertin, Countertenor.
Stephan McLeod, Bass.

Yet another fine disc from this box, of which I can only say that it is perfect in every sense. The instrumental and vocal contributions could not be better to my ears. The recording is top notch.
And again a lot of composers I heard for the first time, which made me realize that there are many composers in the periphery of Monteverdi that deserve the label of in the same league. This box is so enjoyable because it explores all the sideways of Monteverdi's time, and that leads to wonderful musical discoveries. What a rich and colourful time it must have been! This is really a respectable volume of excellent compositions. A delicate collection too!  There are tantalizing hints of drama, love and dead. The first part are dynamic miniatures, the second part has quite a dramatic impact.
But the main thread is poetic beauty with some hints of spirituality. There is a lovely conversational interplay between instruments and voices, strictly truthful in its expression, which confirms the emotional intensity in all works. It is all flawless and impressive. This box I have enclosed in my heart.

Bach, Johann Sebastian.(1685-1750) The Complete Organ Works. CD III. The Foccroulle edition.

New acquisition. Date of purchase: 2017. First listen: 19-2-2018. Label: Ricercar. Recording dates: May 1996. Venue: Blasii Kirche in Z...