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MONTEVERDI, C.: Madrigals, Book 7, "Concerto" (Il settimo Libro de Madrigali, 1619)

Composer(s):Monteverdi, Claudio
Artist(s) Longhini, Marco, Conductor • Delitiae Musicae, Ensemble
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal • Vocal Ensemble
Catalogue 8.555314-16
Label Naxos
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The ‘Concerto’ (as Claudio Monteverdi entitled his Seventh Book of Madrigals) was published five years after the Sixth Book had appeared. It represents a clear break with Monteverdi’s earlier publications: here the madrigal is transformed or, perhaps, it would be better to say it has vanished, at least in the form that would have been recognised up to that point. Of 32 compositions there is not a single fivevoice madrigal, only pieces for one to four voices, all with basso continuo, some with violins, along with works that might be called ‘experimental’. It was the heterogeneous nature of this collection that led Monteverdi to use the title ‘Concerto’. Marco Longhini’s new complete critical edition, the



Review By David Denton,Naxos,September 2008

Five years had passed since the publication of his Sixth Book of Madrigals, and Claudio Monteverdi had moved from Mantua to Venice, an event marking a new dawn in his style of composition.



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