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Les Arts Florissants perform Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book VII

The complete Monteverdi madrigals – Paul Agnew, conductor

Following the broadcast of the five first books of madrigals by Monteverdi, performed by Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew, the Baroque ensemble is live on medici.tv again to present the Book VII!

Giving a rendition of the eight books of madrigals by Monteverdi was Paul Agnew's extensive project. The concerts series kicked-off in 2011, performed by Les Arts Florissants, a talented French Baroque musical ensemble. This new concert available on medici.tv is the perfect opportunity to listen to the Seventh Book of madrigals.

The Seventh Book was published in Venice in 1619, and stands out from the others thanks to its multiple vocal combinations: two wonderful monodies (the Lettera amorosa and the Partenza amorosa) but also all the combinations of voices possible (from one to six voices) apart from the traditional five-voices combination.

Another striking element: the Book ends with a mythological Ballet. Tirsi e Clori puts forward natural elements such as the air, the clouds, the wind, the water or even flowers. The Ballet had been commissioned by the Duke Ferdinand de Gonzague to Monteverdi and then performed for the first time in 1616 Mantua.

This concert is part of the complete Monteverdi Madrigals series performed by Les Arts Florissants conducted by Paul Agnew at the Cité de la Musique, and at the théâtre de Caen.

Les Arts Florissants are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, la Ville de Caen and the Région Basse-Normandie. They are in residency at the théâtre de Caen. Imerys and Alstom are the great benefactors of Les Arts Florissants.

This concert is also broadcast live on citedelamusiquelive.tv, culturebox and artsflomedia.com. Concert recorded by France Musique.

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Broadcast date : May 28, 2014, 6 p.m.

Les Arts Florissants
Paul Agnew conductor


Miriam Allan soprano
Mhairi Lawson soprano
Lucile Richardot contralto
Paul Agnew tenor
Zachary Wilder tenor
Lisandro Abadie bass


Tami Troman dessus de violon
Benjamin Scherer dessus de violon
Samantha Montgomery alto
Jean-Luc Thonnerieux alto
Joseph Carver violone
Atsushi Sakai viola
Sebastien Marq recorder
Michelle Tellier recorder
Massimo Moscardo archlute
Thomas Dunford archlute
Marie Van Rhijn harpsichord
Florian Carré harpsichord, organ

Movie director : Isabelle Soulard
Playlist : Paul Agnew's Playlist

Location : Cité de la musique (Paris, France)
Production date : 2014



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