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Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, SV 325

Hana Blazikova, Furio Zanasi, John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists

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Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi poses a lot of problems for modern performers. There exists no definitive manuscript – although one may doubt how much people bothered back then with "definitive" versions of works which were re-written from one performance to the other, depending on the singers and instrumentalists that were on hand, the tastes of this or that star, the diktat of the Church – and the only copy dating from the composer's time, discovered in Vienna in 1881, is incomplete. When we try and compare this manuscript with different copies of the libretto which are still around today, the difficulties only increase. For this recording by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, recorded live at concerts in September 2017, the decision was taken to fill in everything that could be filled in with a few passages borrowed from earlier works by Monteverdi. The Return of Ulysses dates from 1640, when Monteverdi was 74 years old, so there was a lot to choose from for these fillers. This version is almost certainly the closest approximation we have to the original yet, the singers have worked hard to give the most accurate reproduction possible of the vocal inflections demanded by the various formats employed by Monteverdi. These inflections are often very declamatory and sometimes sung to the fullest. The recitations and the melodies, the ensembles and the choirs: everything is treated with the utmost care and the effort put into contrast and clarity only enhances the quality of this recording. A magnificent rendition. © SM/Qobuz

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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, SV 325, Act I (Claudio Monteverdi)

1
Prologue: Mortal cosa son io (Humana Fragilità, Tempo, Fortuna, Amore)
Hana Blažíková
00:08:59

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Silvia Frigato, Artist - Hana Blazikova, Artist, MainArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Artist - Carlo Vistoli, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

2
Act I Scene 1: Di misera Regina (Penelope, Ericlea)
Lucile Richardot
00:10:58

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Lucile Richardot, Artist, MainArtist - Francesca Biliotti, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

3
Act I Scene 2: Duri, e penosi (Melanto, Eurimaco)
Zachary Wilder
00:10:53

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Anna Dennis, Artist - Zachary Wilder, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

4
Act I Scene 4: Superbo è l'huom (Nettuno, Giove)
Gianluca Buratto
00:07:23

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Gianluca Buratto, Artist, MainArtist - John Taylor Ward, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

5
Act I Scene 6: In questo basso mondo (Nettuno)
Gianluca Buratto
00:03:12

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Gianluca Buratto, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

6
Act I Scene 7: Dormo ancora, o son desto? (Ulisse)
Furio Zanasi
00:03:52

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

7
Act I Scene 8: Cara elieta gioventù (Minerva, Ulisse, Chorus)
Furio Zanasi
00:12:22

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Hana Blazikova, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

8
Act I Scene 9: Tu d’Aretusa al fonte intanto vanne (Minerva, Ulisse)
Furio Zanasi
00:01:57

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Hana Blazikova, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

9
Act I Scene 10: Donate un giorno, o dèi (Penelope, Melanto)
Lucile Richardot
00:08:23

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Anna Dennis, Artist - Lucile Richardot, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

10
Act I Scene 11: Come mal si salva un regio ammanto (Eumete)
Francisco Fernández-Rueda
00:01:49

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

11
Act I Scene 12: Pastor d’armenti può (Iro, Eumete)
Robert Burt
00:01:51

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Robert Burt, Artist, MainArtist - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

12
Act I Scene 13: Ulisse generoso (Eumete, Ulisse)
Furio Zanasi
00:02:56

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

DISC 2

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, SV 325, Act II (Claudio Monteverdi)

1
Act II: Sinfonia
English Baroque Soloists
00:00:30

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

2
Act II Scene 1: Lieto cammino (Telemaco, Minerva)
Krystian Adam
00:02:01

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Hana Blazikova, Artist - Krystian Adam, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

3
Act II Scene 2: O gran figlio d'Ulisse (Eumete, Ulisse, Telemaco)
Furio Zanasi
00:05:42

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Krystian Adam, Artist - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

4
Act II Scene 3: Che veggio, oimé, che miro? (Telemaco, Ulisse)
Furio Zanasi
00:07:20

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Krystian Adam, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

5
Act II Scene 4: Eurimaco, la donna (Melanto, Eurimaco)
Zachary Wilder
00:02:32

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Anna Dennis, Artist - Zachary Wilder, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

6
Act II Scene 5: Sono l'altre Regine (Antinoo, Anfinomo, Pisandro, Penelope)
Lucile Richardot
00:07:00

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Gianluca Buratto, Artist - Lucile Richardot, Artist, MainArtist - Gareth Treseder, Artist - Michał Czerniawski, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

7
Act II Scene 6: All'allegrezze dunque (Pisandro, Anfinomo, Antinoo, Chorus)
Gianluca Buratto
00:05:12

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Gianluca Buratto, Artist, MainArtist - Gareth Treseder, Artist - Michał Czerniawski, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

8
Act II Scene 7: Apportator d'alte novelle vengo (Eumete, Penelope)
Lucile Richardot
00:01:11

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Lucile Richardot, Artist, MainArtist - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

9
Act II Scene 8: Compagni, udiste? (Antinoo, Anfinomo, Pisandro, Eurimaco)
Gianluca Buratto
00:06:31

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Gianluca Buratto, Artist, MainArtist - Zachary Wilder, Artist - Gareth Treseder, Artist - Michał Czerniawski, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

10
Act II Scene 9: Perir non può chi tien per scorta il Cielo (Ulisse, Minerva)
Furio Zanasi
00:03:04

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Hana Blazikova, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

11
Act II Scene 10: Io vidi, o pelegrin, de' Proci amanti (Eumete, Ulisse)
Furio Zanasi
00:02:02

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

12
Act II Scene 11: Del mio lungo vïaggio i torti errori (Telemaco, Penelope)
Lucile Richardot
00:04:53

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Lucile Richardot, Artist, MainArtist - Krystian Adam, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

13
Act II Scene 12: Sempre, villano Eumete (Antinoo, Eumete, Iro, Ulisse, Telemaco, Penelope, Pisandro, Anfinomo)
Furio Zanasi
00:23:19

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Robert Burt, Artist - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Artist - Lucile Richardot, Artist - Krystian Adam, Artist - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist - Gareth Treseder, Artist - Michał Czerniawski, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

DISC 3

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, SV 325, Act III (Claudio Monteverdi)

1
Act III Scene 1: O dolor, o martir che l'alma attrista (Iro)
Robert Burt
00:07:07

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Robert Burt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

2
Act III Scene 4: Forza d'occulto affetto (Eumete, Penelope)
Lucile Richardot
00:02:10

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Lucile Richardot, Artist, MainArtist - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

3
Act III Scene 5: È saggio Eumete, è saggio (Telemaco, Penelope)
Lucile Richardot
00:02:27

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Lucile Richardot, Artist, MainArtist - Krystian Adam, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

4
Act III Scene 6: Fiamma è l’ira, o gran Dea (Minerva, Giunone)
Hana Blažíková
00:03:28

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Hana Blazikova, Artist, MainArtist - Francesca Boncompagni, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

5
Act III Scene 7: Gran Giove (Giunone, Giove, Nettuno, Minerva, Chorus)
Hana Blažíková
00:09:29

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Hana Blazikova, Artist, MainArtist - Gianluca Buratto, Artist - Francesca Boncompagni, Artist - John Taylor Ward, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

6
Act III Scene 8: Ericlea, che vuoi far? (Ericlea)
Francesca Biliotti
00:03:25

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Francesca Biliotti, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

7
Act III Scene 9: Ogni vostra ragion sen porta 'l vento (Penelope, Telemaco, Eumete)
Lucile Richardot
00:00:52

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Lucile Richardot, Artist, MainArtist - Krystian Adam, Artist - Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

8
Act III Scene 10: O delle mie fatiche (Ulisse, Penelope, Ericlea)
Furio Zanasi
00:09:55

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Furio Zanasi, Artist, MainArtist - Lucile Richardot, Artist - Francesca Biliotti, Artist

(C) 2018 SDG (P) 2018 SDG

Album Description

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi poses a lot of problems for modern performers. There exists no definitive manuscript – although one may doubt how much people bothered back then with "definitive" versions of works which were re-written from one performance to the other, depending on the singers and instrumentalists that were on hand, the tastes of this or that star, the diktat of the Church – and the only copy dating from the composer's time, discovered in Vienna in 1881, is incomplete. When we try and compare this manuscript with different copies of the libretto which are still around today, the difficulties only increase. For this recording by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, recorded live at concerts in September 2017, the decision was taken to fill in everything that could be filled in with a few passages borrowed from earlier works by Monteverdi. The Return of Ulysses dates from 1640, when Monteverdi was 74 years old, so there was a lot to choose from for these fillers. This version is almost certainly the closest approximation we have to the original yet, the singers have worked hard to give the most accurate reproduction possible of the vocal inflections demanded by the various formats employed by Monteverdi. These inflections are often very declamatory and sometimes sung to the fullest. The recitations and the melodies, the ensembles and the choirs: everything is treated with the utmost care and the effort put into contrast and clarity only enhances the quality of this recording. A magnificent rendition. © SM/Qobuz

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