21 Jun 2015

Claudio Monteverdi - Barocking the Renaissance

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 21 June 2015
Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi Photo: Bernardo Strozzi (c.1630) Public Domain

 

Monteverdi’s work combines the styles of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. He wrote some works in the style of Palestrina, but also moved music forward, taking up the bass-driven music of the Baroque.

The critic Artusi used a madrigal by Monteverdi as an example to highlight the ‘crudities’ and ‘license’ being taken in modern music. As Michael Stewart comments:

“Artusi was not only aiming at Monteverdi but railing against the way music seemed to be heading, a reactionary tendency that is by no means limited to the early seventeenth century!”

Music Details:

MONTEVERDI: Vespers of 1610 - The Chapel Royal/ Philippe Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi HMX 260 1247.48)
MONTEVERDI: Lapidabant Stephanum - Il Seminario Musicale Tragicomedia (Virgin VC 7 91145)
MONTEVERDI: Baci Soavi  - Delitiae Musicae/ Marco Longhini (Naxos 8.555307)
MONTEVERDI: Cruda Amarilli  - Concerto Italiano/ Rinaldo Alessandrini (Opus 111 30-166)
PALESTRINA: Sicut cervus desiderat - Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir/ Ebbe Munk (Danica DCD 8163)
MONTEVERDI: Questi Vaghi - Concerto Italiano/ Rinaldo Alessandrini (Opus 111 30-166)
MONTEVERDI: Act 3, Orfeo - Le Concert D’Astrée/ Emmanuelle Haïm (Virgin 5 45642)
MONTEVERDI: Lamento d'Arianna - Y545 - Helsinki Baroque Orch/ Aapo Häkkinen (Alba ABCD 198)
MONTEVERDI: Dixit Dominus, Vespers of 1610 - The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers (Coro COR 16126)
MONTEVERDI: M09-Audi Coelum, Vespers of 1610 - The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers (Coro COR 16126)
MONTEVERDI: Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda - Tragicomedia/ Stephen Stubbs (Teldec 450990798)
MONTEVERDI: Vespers of 1610  - The Chapel Royal/ Philippe Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi HMX 260 1247.48)

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