It is a gigantic project, programmed on several seasons, that Paul Agnew has initiated. The goal is to give a live performance of the eight books of madrigals by Monteverdi, one at a time, in the right order, and in their complete version. And for each concert, Paul Agnew also picks a few madrigals by other composers, who might have been a source of inspiration for Monteverdi.
This concert will be the occasion to hear the Fourth book, maybe the most pioneering of all books, not very liked by the time it was first premiered.
The fourth book of Monteverdi's madrigals performed by Les Arts Florissants is now available in our subscription catalogue.
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, the théâtre de Caen and the Valladolid Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes and all through Europe.
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.
Rinaldo Alessandrini, Robert Wilson – Roberta Invernizzi (Euridice, La Musica, Eco), Georg Nigl (Orfeo), Sara Mingardo (Messaggera, La Speranza) – Teatro alla Scala
The complete Monteverdi madrigals – Paul Agnew, conductor