Monteverdi: Madrigale Erotici e Spirituale
Landmark recordings of Monteverdi, sacred and secular
Fifteen wonderful madrigals spanning Claudio Monteverdi‘s tendencies toward both the spiritual and the worldly, combined in one package. The Consort of Musicke, under the direction of Anthony Rooley and featuring the sublime voices of Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb, present these works as they have rarely been heard before, one of the finest recordings of this repertoire.
“The performances of the ‘madrigali erotici’ are more overtly impassioned than I have ever heard before… thoroughly ingenious recital” (Gramophone)
“A gem of its type. Performances are powerful, direct, accurate, totally in tune and totally committed. I quote ‘What was outward, erotic and theatrical became inward, devotional and thoroughly christianised.’ So, highly enjoyable recordings and fascinating insight into the painstaking art of not allowing the Devil to have the best tunes!” (MusicWeb)
See also ALC-1060, Monteverdi Duets and Solos, featuring Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb