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Offline Biffo

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Re: Claudio Monteverdi
« Reply #160 on: May 07, 2018, 03:15:22 AM »
I listened to some madrigals from Bk 4 by Alessandrini and by Venexiana - my feeling is that Venexiana are more dramatic/operatic.

That is something I will bear in mind when I get the complete edition. It may be that their different strengths will be apparent over the whole set. I was comparing Book III (Ven.) with Book V (CV) and came to the opposite conclusion - I thought that Venexiana were possibly concentrating a little too much on beauty of sound rather than drama but that might be inherent in the Book III madigals. In any case, both sound fine ensembles.

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Re: Claudio Monteverdi
« Reply #161 on: May 28, 2018, 10:02:12 PM »
I just ordered the recent compilation/repackaging of the Monteverdi recordings performed by Ensemble Elyma and Gabriel Garrido.
For some reason Garrido's recordings have eluded me in the past so I'm very much look forward to exploring these performances. The individual releases seem hard to come by and/or are quite expensive at this point in time.  I noted that many members spoke highly of Garrido's Monteverdi previously in the thread.  :)    This thread (seemingly) had a Monteverdi listening frenzy back in 2013! It would be fun to rekindle the Monteverdian fire?




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Re: Claudio Monteverdi
« Reply #162 on: May 28, 2018, 11:32:51 PM »
I just ordered the recent compilation/repackaging of the Monteverdi recordings performed by Ensemble Elyma and Gabriel Garrido.
For some reason Garrido's recordings have eluded me in the past so I'm very much look forward to exploring these performances. The individual releases seem hard to come by and/or are quite expensive at this point in time.  I noted that many members spoke highly of Garrido's Monteverdi previously in the thread.  :)    This thread (seemingly) had a Monteverdi listening frenzy back in 2013! It would be fun to rekindle the Monteverdian fire?




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I also bought the Garrido set after it showed up in this forum. So far I have only listened to the Vespers; enjoyable but not a top choice. For various reasons I haven't made any progress with the rest of the set though I have Orfeo lined up for listening soon.

It is annoying, though typical these days, that the set has no texts. For me it is not a problem with the Vespers, Orfeo or Poppea but a nuisance for Ulisse and the madrigals. The selection of madrigals is from a number of composers not as well-known as Monteverdi and I will probably have some difficulty finding texts and translations for the lesser known works.

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Re: Claudio Monteverdi
« Reply #163 on: June 08, 2018, 03:02:47 PM »
Anyone heard this performance yet? I'm a huge fan of Dunedin/Butt's version of Bach's B-minor Mass and am very interested in this one. There is already such a great showing of Vespers on record so this would have to offer something quite new sounding to peak my interest, but if it's anything similar to their B-Minor Mass performance then I'm all in.



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Re: Claudio Monteverdi
« Reply #164 on: November 20, 2018, 02:25:45 PM »
Adding my two cents re Madrigals Book 8.  I first got the Alessandrini on Naive some time ago, but found it difficult to listen to.

Today I heard for the first time the La Venexiana version – and I found it revelatory!!

I did a bit of A-B comparative listening (just before dropping the Alessandrini in the metaphorical trash can).  I found La Venexiana to sound more natural and even warm, while the Alessandrini seemed a bit stiff and artificial.  Maybe fine for some, but not for me – I like my madrigals to sound as natural as possible. 

By the way, I also very much appreciated the instrumental accompaniment in Book 8.  As far as I know, earlier books tend to have little (5-7?) or none (1-4?).  I must say I prefer vocal music with instrumental accompaniment.

Anyway, count me enthusiastically in the La Venexiana camp!!  And a big fan of Book 8!!

Caveat: my opinions are hardly authoritative, and my preferences are still very much in flux, since I am only just beginning to develop a broad familiarity with early music.
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