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CLORINDA E TANCREDI Love scenes by Claudio Monteverdi. Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Luca Dordolo, Marco Mencoboni. Glossa

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Clorinda E Tancredi Love Scenes By Monteverdi Glossa

Clorinda e Tancredi
Love scenes by Claudio Monteverdi


Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
1 Bel pastor dal cui bel guardo
2 Ed è pur dunque vero
3 Eri già tutta mia
4 Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
5 Voglio de vita uscir
6-8 Lamento della ninfa
9 Maledetto sia l’aspetto
10 Se i languidi miei sguardi
11 Si dolc’è il tormento

bonus track:
Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679)
12 Usurpator tiranno

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, soprano
Luca Dordolo, tenor
Riccardo Pisani, tenor
Davide Benetti, bass
Cantar Lontano
Marco Mencoboni, harpsichord, direction

In Clorinda e Tancredi, a programme built around the vocal talents of soprano Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli and tenor Luca Dordolo, Marco Mencoboni and Cantar Lontano provide a powerful display of how, in his later secular works, Claudio Monteverdi made the music serve the word at its most intense. A sequence of madrigals – in the broadest sense of the definition of the form – is spearheaded by a dramatic interpretation of the Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (with Luca Dordolo as Testo).

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli – who also appeared on Glossa’s recent Alcina of Francesca Caccini and Silla of Handel –
takes centre stage for an impassioned rendition of the Lamento della ninfa, an ostinato driven work nicely counterbalanced on this recording by a bonus track of Giovanni Felice Sances’ mesmerizing Usurpator tiranno. Two of the other pieces chosen to represent the Baroque musical “shock of the new” for this recording prepared by the Monteverdi specialist Marco Mencoboni are Ed è pur dunque vero (from the Scherzi musicali) and the Lettera amorosa (Settimo libro dei madrigali).

In his booklet essay for this new manifestation of Glossa’s abiding passion for the Seicento, Pierre Élie Mamou offers an absorbing analysis of Monteverdi’s adoption of the stile moderno, especially in terms of how it clashed with the ideals of Giovanni Maria Artusi and how it was expressed so potently in the Combattimento.

Glossa GCD923512

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