Madrigals from Monteverdi's
Venice period -
by GERALD FENECH
'Paul Agnew and his famous choristers give highly exciting performances, with every poetic nuance exploited to maximum musical effect.'
Born in 1567, Claudio Monteverdi is considered as having been responsible for bridging the Renaissance and Baroque periods, thus launching Italian music towards the heights achieved by Vivaldi, Corelli and Manfredini, among others. When he died in 1643, the Baroque period was already well established, indeed, he witnessed the sonorous polyphony of the Ars Perfecta being superceded by the birth of modern dramatic music. Little did he realize that he was mainly responsible for this transition...
Copyright © 7 March 2017