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MONTEVERDI, C.: Madrigals, Book 5 (Il Quinto Libro de' Madrigali, 1605) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini)

Composer(s):Monteverdi, Claudio
Artist(s) Longhini, Marco, Conductor • Delitiae Musicae, Ensemble
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.555311
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By William Yeoman,Limelight Magazine,December 2006

Just as Monteverdi's Fifth Book of Madrigals (1605) followed on from his ground-breaking Fourth Book (1603) with further stylistic innovations (most importantly the use of a basso continuo line in the final six pieces of the collection), so too does Delitiae Musicae continue to build on its innovative series (the ensemble is recording the complete Monteverdi madrigals for Naxos using only male singers) with a startling recording of the same. And as with previous volumes in the series, the same qualities of clarity of diction, purity of tone and precision of ensemble paradoxically serve to underscore the psychological and erotic implications of the madrigals more effectively than many a more full-blooded approach. Every emotional fluctuation is registered, often



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