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Claudio Monteverdi: Ottavo Libra dei Madrigali - Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi - Alena Dantcheva (soprano); Claudio Cavina (counter tenor); Daniele Carnovich (bass); Emanuela Galli (soprano);...
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  1. Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi), for 1,2,3,4 & 6 voices, SV 146-167
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Claudio Monteverdi's late works, like those of Beethoven, contain singular mixtures of simplicity and complexity. Book Eight of his madrigals are about love and war, themes as elemental as they come. Yet consider the madrigal Ogni amante guerrier (Every Lover is a Warrior, track 6 on the first CD of this set), with its text by Ottavio Rinuccini that subtly conflates the two ideas. Monteverdi's setting, for a low voice, is moody, involved, and philosophical. The Italian early Baroque specialist group La Venexiana plays up ...