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MONTEVERDI: Canzonette

Composer(s):Monteverdi, Claudio
Artist(s) Vartolo, Sergio, Conductor • Concerto delle Dame di Ferrara, Ensemble
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.553316
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Monteverdi’s very first publication in 1582 was the Sacrae cantiunculae tribus vocibus, and a collection of Madrigali spirituali in four parts followed in 1585. The following year brought the present set of Canzonette, delightful works for three voices. Their title-page makes the point that Monteverdi was just 17, and they are dedicated to the composer’s ‘master and patron’, Pietro Ambrosisi of Cremona. After a brief instrumental introduction, the opening number, Qual si può dir, makes a charming play on Pietro’s name: ‘What greater plant from Heaven can there be than sweet Ambrosia’, and the music itself is fresh and engaging, as indeed are all these comparatively simple settings for poems about love



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