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Les Arts Florissants|Schütz: Italian Madrigals

Schütz: Italian Madrigals

Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew

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This 2023 release is way outside the usual zone for the ensemble Les Arts Florissants and director Paul Agnew, who have specialized largely in the French Baroque. The booklet even lists an Italian language coach, but it is quite worthwhile, for these Italian-language madrigals by Schütz are sparsely recorded. They were published in 1611 while Schütz was studying in Venice with Giovanni Gabrieli, and they reflect his mastery of the polyphonic Italian madrigal style. There are some splashes of chromaticism, but nothing resembling the music of Gesualdo, Marenzio, or the other late Italian madrigalists. Instead, the model is the early madrigal books of Monteverdi, which would have been very much in the air while Schütz was there. The music reflects the texts in great detail, which was one of the straws in the wind pointing toward the emergent operatic styles, and there is a certain dramatic quality that seems to prefigure the mature Schütz. This is captured well by Les Arts Florissants, essentially opera specialists, and while there is a feel suggesting that the musicians are coming to this tradition from the outside, the performances hold the listener's attention. The Philharmonie in Paris is not really the right venue for this music and gives it a remote sound, but this is, nonetheless, a valuable addition to the Schütz discography.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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Il primo libro de madrigali, Op. 1, SWV 1-19 (Heinrich Schütz)

1
O primavera, SWV 1
00:03:28

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

2
O dolcezze amarissime, SWV 2
00:02:44

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

3
Selve beate, SWV 3
00:03:15

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

4
Alma afflitta, SWV 4
00:03:19

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

5
Così morir debb'io, SWV 5
00:03:24

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

6
D'orrida selce alpina, SWV 6
00:03:18

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

7
Ride la primavera, SWV 7
00:03:11

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

8
Fuggi, fuggi, o mio core, SWV 8
00:02:22

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

9
Feritevi ferite, SWV 9
00:03:03

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

10
Fiamma ch'allaccia, SWV 10
00:02:28

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

11
Quella damma son io, SWV 11
00:02:42

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

12
Mi saluta costei, SWV 12
00:03:20

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

13
Io moro, ecco ch'io moro, SWV 13
00:03:47

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

14
Sospir, che del bel petto, SWV 14
00:03:12

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

15
Dunque addio, care selve, SWV 15
00:04:14

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

16
Tornate, o cari baci, SWV 16
00:02:44

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

17
Di marmo siete voi, SWV 17
00:02:58

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

18
Giunto è pur Lidia, SWV 18
00:03:01

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

19
Vasto mar, SWV 19
00:04:14

Paul Agnew, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Heinrich Schütz, Composer - Miriam Allan, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Jonathan Sells, MainArtist, BassVocals - Hannah Morrison, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Sean Clayton, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Mathilde Ortscheidt, MainArtist, AltoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi / Les Arts Florissants

Album review

This 2023 release is way outside the usual zone for the ensemble Les Arts Florissants and director Paul Agnew, who have specialized largely in the French Baroque. The booklet even lists an Italian language coach, but it is quite worthwhile, for these Italian-language madrigals by Schütz are sparsely recorded. They were published in 1611 while Schütz was studying in Venice with Giovanni Gabrieli, and they reflect his mastery of the polyphonic Italian madrigal style. There are some splashes of chromaticism, but nothing resembling the music of Gesualdo, Marenzio, or the other late Italian madrigalists. Instead, the model is the early madrigal books of Monteverdi, which would have been very much in the air while Schütz was there. The music reflects the texts in great detail, which was one of the straws in the wind pointing toward the emergent operatic styles, and there is a certain dramatic quality that seems to prefigure the mature Schütz. This is captured well by Les Arts Florissants, essentially opera specialists, and while there is a feel suggesting that the musicians are coming to this tradition from the outside, the performances hold the listener's attention. The Philharmonie in Paris is not really the right venue for this music and gives it a remote sound, but this is, nonetheless, a valuable addition to the Schütz discography.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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