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Flaming Heart

Monteverdi: Monteverdi Series: 1

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2006

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2006

Artists:

Robert Hollingworth

director

I Fagiolini



Venue:

Hertford College Chapel, Oxford



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

John Taylor



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 75:57
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Flaming Heart

 

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

(1567-1643)
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1 

Prologo: La Musica

5:42
  from Orfeo (1607)  
  Clare Wilkinson  
  Violins: Catherine Martin, Oliver Webber, Louise Hogan, Richard Campbell, Jan Spencer  
  Continuo: David Miler, Eligio Quinteiro, Joy Smith, Matthew Halls (organ/harpsichord), Richard Campbell (lirone)  
2 

Luci serene e chiare

3:48
  from Il quarto libro de madrigali (1603)  
  Anna Crookes, Carys Lane, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Giles Underwood  
3 

Anima mia, perdona

5:21
  from Il quarto libro de madrigali (1603)  
  Anna Crookes, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Giles Underwood  
4 

Tempro la cetra

9:17
  from Concerto, Settimo libro de madrigali (1619)  
  Nicholas Mulroy  
  Violins: Catherine Martin, Oliver Webber, Louise Hoagan, Richard Campbell, Jan Spencer  
  Continuo: David Miller, Eligio Quinteiro, Joy Smith, Matthew Halls (organ/harpsichord)  
5 

Ahi, come a un vago sol cortese giro

5:15
  from Il quinto libro de madrigali (1605)  
  Carys Lane, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Nicholas Hurndall Smith, Giles Underwood  
  Continuo: David Miller, Eligio Quinteiro, Joy Smith, Matthew Halls (organ)  
6 

Con che soavità

5:12
  from Concerto. Settimo libro de madrigali (1619)  
  Clare Wilkinson  
  Choir I [continuo]: David Miller, Eligio Quinteiro  
  Choir II [violins]: Catherine Martin, Oliver Webber, Louise Hogan, Jan Spencer, Catherine Pierron  
  Choir III [great bass viols]: Richard Campbell, Peter McCarthy, William Hunt, Matthew Hall (virginals)  
7 

Sinfonia

1:21
  from Orfeo (1607)  
  Violins: Catherine Martin, Oliver Webber, Louise Hogan, Richard Campbell, Jan Spencer  
8 

Ch'io t'ami

8:02
  from Il quinto libro de madrigali (1605)  
  Anna Crookes, Carys Lane, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Giles Underwood  
9 

Partenza amorosa

8:10
  from Concerto. Settima libro de madrigali (1619)  
  Giles Underwood  
  Continuo: Eligio Quinteiro  
10 

Parlo, miser'o taccio?

4:43
  from Concerto. Settimo libro de madrigali (1619)  
  Anna Crookes, Carys Lane, Giles Underwood  
  Continuo: David Miller, Eligio Quinteiro  
11 

Volgando il ciel

10:59
  from Madrigali guerrieri. . . Libro ottavo (1638)  
  Anna Crookes, Carys Lane, Nicolas Mulroy (solo tenor), Nicholas Hurndall Smith, Giles Underwood  
  Violins: Catherine Martin, Oliver Webber, Richard Campbell  
  Continuo: David Miller, Eligio Quinteiro, Joy Smith, Matthew Halls (harpsichord)  
12 

Longe de te, cor mio

2:59
  from Il quarto libro de madrigali (1603)  
  Carys Lane, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Giles Underwood  
13 

Piagn'e sospira

5:08
  from Il quarto libro de madrigali (1603)  
  Anna Crookes, Carys Lane, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook  
The immensely popular I Fagiolini launches an exciting new series of secular works by Monteverdi, challenging the accepted pre-eminence of the Italian groups.

I Fagiolini are currently enjoying a greatly increased public profile, following the Royal Philharmonic Society ‘British Ensemble’ award earlier this year – only the second time in history that the award has gone to a vocal ensemble.

The group celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with many performances taking place worldwide in recognition of this milestone.

Under the expert guidance of Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini have created an imaginative approach to presenting often unfamiliar music, and their performances are always informed while communicating the spirit of the music instantly and vividly.

Flaming Heart seeks to show the full Monteverdi, a Monteverdi of both beauty and horror, colourful, vivid, and always completely alive. Unlike the ‘complete edition’ approach this series presents a much more imaginative selection of his works, beginning with the prologue from L’Orfeo and continuing with the very best of his works for a cappella ensemble, soloists and strings.

In this new series, I Fagiolini bring contemporary passion with up-to-date scholarship on issues from gut strings and continuo choices to ornamentation – this is a Monteverdi for both the 16th and 21st century.

On the Monteverdi performances:
…some of the most exquisitely intense vocal music ever written…
The Times

The result is undoubtedly an engaging and effective concert on disc that has gained much from I Fagiolini’s recent dramatised performances of the Fourth Book of Madrigals (soon to be issued on DVD).
BBC Music Magazine

Do not miss this wide-ranging survey on any account.
Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’

The performances are as beautiful as they are careful and stylish. The singers (there are seven in all) are highly expressive in solo stints and handsomely balanced in ensembles… This release guarantees both immediate and lasting satisfaction. It belongs in any decent Monteverdi collection.
American Record Guide

Engaging convincingly in the Italian baroque, the one-per-part singers sigh, plead and agonise like lovers in the unaccompanied choral recitatives (madrigals). Instruments are now part of the I Fagiolini fold now: solo madrigalists bathe in beautiful, moaning gut-strung violins, plunking chittarone and glittering harpsichord.
The Times

This is Monteverdi madrigal singing of the very highest order, bringing his whole kaleidoscope of emotions so vividly to life that the listener is drawn into the very heart of the music and enabled to experience something of the over-whelming impact which these sensational new pieces surely made on their first astonished hearers
Early Music Review

Monteverdi’s response to the pains and pleasures of love, is the proof it provides that the best way to convey the impression of spontaneity is to pay meticulous attention to detail. This is especially obvious in impassioned solos such as ‘Partenza amorosa’, an extended monologue in which Giles Underwood gives every word and note its proper, perfectly judged emphasis, and every phrase its proper pace and direction. In this way he conveys the fluctuations of the music’s emotional temperature, as hopeless, hushed heartbreak vies with violent outbursts of bitterness. Ensemble pieces benefit from the same approach… The singer’s fine performances are exquisitely enhanced by the continuo group’s rich sound and imaginative ornamentation.
Telegraph

Anyone who has ever loved and lost cannot fail to be moved by this.
Early Music Review

Though their repertoire stretches from ‘The Cries of London’ to improvised songs in Soweto, I Fagiolini are most seductive and persuasive in Monteverdi… Frankly you won’t hear madrigals better sung.
The Independent on Sunday

It’s put together with imagination, wit and profound admiration for the expressive power of Monteverdi’s word setting and every number is performed with the same combination of sterling values.
The Guardian

Whether in impassioned monologues or ecstatic ensemble pieces, I Fagiolini’s superbly responsive singing gives this collection of some of Monteverdi’s most vividly expressive madrigals a wonderful air of emotional spontaneity.
Telegraph ‘CDs of the year’

Critic’s Choice Richard Lawrence
Gramophone




*****
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