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WHAT COMPELS US TO RECORD THE COMPLETE MADRIGALS OF MONTEVERDI?

Monteverdi’s music is the turning point between Renaissance and Baroque, madrigal and opera, prima and seconda prattica. In his 9 volumes of madrigals, we can trace the development of both a fascinating personality and the creativity of his output. At the time, there were serious disputes within the church about what style was appropriate for sacred music. His Maria Vespers show his genius in weaving the new, more operatic style imperceptibly together with the old-fashioned sacred style.

Madrigals

There was nothing unusual about a choirboy studying composition, but this choirboy had something special. He could do more than just follow the strict rules of counterpoint; he had a talent for setting texts so that both poetry and music shone. We see this brilliant duality grow through his nine books. Halfway through the collection, we see a sudden change; a turning to the new basso continuo, unusual harmonies, a solo voice with a single bassline. In these 200 madrigals, we can see the history of western music reflected in miniature.

Poetry as fertile soil

Italian poetry in the 15th and 16th centuries was in full bloom; Monteverdi knew and set the greatest hits of the time, including the sonnets of Petrarch, the master of courtly love. But he also tackled the powerful epic Gerusalemme Liberata by Torquato Tasso, which proved a source of inspiration for both P.C. Hooft and Goethe.

Monteverdi XL

The 400th anniversary of this outpouring of creative genius felt to us the perfect moment to record our fascination with Monteverdi. Because of the beauty of the poetry, married with such harmony to the deceptively simple yet deeply emotional melodies. Because of the endlessly varied games between high and low, monodic and polyphonic, a cappella or accompanied by a generous bass. Because of the peace, the declamation, the tragic solitude and the utmost purity of unity.

Concerts

23 November 2019

Noorderkerk

Amsterdam

Madrigals by Monteverdi

14.00 – 15.00 h
€ 16,50
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Noordermarkt 44
Amsterdam 1015 NA
Nederland
020-6204556

17 January 2020

't Huis te Poort

Schiedam

Monteverdi 18+

20.15 h (18.00 met introduction anddiner arrangement)
€ 25,–
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Adres:
Dam 30
Schiedam 3111 BD

19 January 2020

St. Franciscus Xaveriuskerk

Amersfoort

introduction Monteverdi Organ

15:30 – 18:00
St. Franciscus Xaveriuskerk
Het Zand 29, Amersfoort
€ 23,50
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21 February 2020

Synagoge Groningen

Groningen, Nederland

Monteverdi’s Madrigals

Seizoen oude muziek – Monteverdidag
17:00 uur € 20
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Folkingestraat 60
Groningen

22 February 2020

Tivoli Vredenburg

Utrecht, Nederland

Monteverdi Madrigals

Seizoen oude muziek – Monteverdidag
16:00 uur v.a. Euro 21
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Vredenburgkade 11
Utrecht 3511 WC
Nederland

23 February 2020

Muziekgebouw aan 't Ij

Amsterdam, Nederland

Madrigalen from Mantua

Seizoen oude muziek – Monteverdidag
16:00 uur € 12,50 – € 25,00
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Piet Heinkade 1
Amsterdam 1019 BR
Nederland

21 May 2020

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

Amsterdam, Nederland

Arianna

20:00 uur € 12,50 – € 34,00
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Piet Heinkade 1
Amsterdam 1019 BR
Nederland