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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Music-lovers, don't be fooled - the title of this album La Dolce Vita, is not any kind of allusion to Fellini. Monteverdi is and remains a Mantuan, and above all a Venetian, without any particular link to the Rome portrayed by the film-maker. At the most, in this recording by the Lautten Compagney and the soprano Dorothee Mields (who sings on almost all the tracks), we can see a sort of series of scenes - as in the famous film - but in this case they are "musical scenes" taken from a range of Monteverdi's great successes: books of madrigals, some religious works, and above all the two masterpieces from Monteverdi's most mature period, which are the Madrigali guerrieri e amorosi and Selva morale e spirituale. The Lautten Compagney, in spite of its name, is not just an ensemble for lutists, but a baroque and renaissance orchestra which uses the instrumentation of the period: violin, viola, viol de gamba, double-bass/violone, percussion, harpsichord, organ, theorbo, recorders, post horn, baroque guitar and also - all the same - the lute, which is played by the lead musician, Wolfgang Katschner. To be sure,  all these works have already been recorded a hundred times over, but in the case of this music, the great freedom which the scores permit - often very imprecise in terms of instrumentation - allows each new performance to be a kind of re-composition. So let's salute the arrival of a new Monteverdi! © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released December 8, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 30, 2017 | iM Gerd Schnackenberg

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Classical - Released November 24, 2017 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released November 24, 2017 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released November 17, 2017 | Universal Music

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Classical - Released November 10, 2017 | Alpha

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Classical - Released November 10, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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From the outset it should be said that this – sumptuous – album of Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale (literally Moral and Spiritual Forest) doesn’t feature the complete collection of some forty titles contained in the master’s last work published in 1640, but rather a carefully minded selection of fifteen titles to provide the broadest possible overview of the various styles as well as melodic and choral genres approached by Monteverdi, with indeed a penchant for the sacred. A complete collection would have required three to four hours… Let’s get to the point: Pablo Heras-Casado’s reading at the head of the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble is absolutely stunning, allowing ample room for the vocal and instrumental colours (because Monteverdi quite specifically described the instrumentations and alternations between vocals and instruments) and sound layers so specific to the Venetian language. Undoubtedly Heras-Casado has proven to be not only an excellent symphonic conductor, but also that he fully understand the art of vocals and the writing of the Renaissance. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 6, 2017 | CONTINUO RECORDS

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Jazz - Released October 27, 2017 | ACT Music

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Orchestrated by Siggi Loch, producer and founder of the ACT label, the Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic cycle sounds very much like it’s Europe getting up on the world stage. Most of all, it’s a way to remind us of the many contributions made to jazz by the music of the Old Continent. After the aptly-named Celtic Roots and Norwegian Woods, this opus drops anchor in Italy, the birthplace to so much European music. From Vivaldi to Nino Rota to put it (very) briefly, the list is endless. This Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic concert is driven by Stefano Bollani. The great Milanese pianist is a rhythmic and harmonic acrobat, an esthete juggling with poetry and humor. However, he’s everything but a circus freak… His style is multifaceted, of a joyous generosity for the listener, and within the space of a single minute he is able to build bridges between Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, Bill Evans and Art Tatum... With Mediterraneo, Bollani proposes a journey across all the musical regions of his native land, and the repertoire offered goes from Monteverdi to Rota, Morricone, Puccini, Rossini and even Adriano Celentano! Assisted by the Danes Jesper Bodilsen on double bass and Morten Lund on drums, by Vincent Peirani from Nice on accordion and above all by fourteen musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker, he shapes an invigorating symphony that is superbly arranged. © CM/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released October 27, 2017 | Alpha

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A voice, a lute, a sigh. Nothing could be simpler and more immemorial. This expression of sentiments and emotions, of the intermittencies of the heart and the shadows of the soul, is of course as old as the world. Yet it was truly a reconquest of the Renaissance. With Caccini, the ‘new music’ at once found a miraculous melodist. He composed a Euridice, performed in 1602, two years after Jacopo Peri’s setting and five years before Monteverdi’s Orfeo. The Renaissance did not know opera, but long secreted that genre soon to be born. And it is brand-new opera that opens and closes this recording, through the voice of its first visionary, Claudio Monteverdi. His Lamento d’Arianna, the centrepiece of a lost work, expresses sorrow, regrets, revolt through the very music of the Italian language, here brought to white heat. The ‘new music’ spread throughout Italy: Merula in Cremona, Falconieri in Naples, and Barbara Strozzi, the most famous woman composer of the age, in Venice. The Italian soprano Roberta Mameli is a great lover of this music, which she performs with an outstanding feeling for words and drama. Luca Pianca offers her his artistry and his great experience. © Alpha Classics