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Monteverdi: 'Clorinda E Tancredi-Love Scenes'

Magazine article Gramophone

Monteverdi: 'Clorinda E Tancredi-Love Scenes'

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Monteverdi 'Clorinda e Tancredi--Love Scenes' Monteverdi Bel pastor dal cui bel sguardo (a). Ed e pur dunque vero (b). Eri gia tutta mia (b). Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (c). Voglio de vita uscir (b). Lamento della ninfa (b). Maledetto dia l'aspetto (b). Se i languidi miei sguardi (d). Si dolc'e il tormento (b) Sances Usurpator tiranno (b) (abc) Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli sop (acd) Luca Dordolo ten (c) Riccardo Pisani ten Cantar Lontano / Marco Mencoboni hpd Glossa (F) GCD923512 (70' * DDD * T/t)

Step into the Danieli Palace hotel in Venice and, with a bit of creative imagination, it is possible to commune with the spirit of the first performance of Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. It was there, during the Carnival of 1624, that this experimental theatrical piece was given for the first time. Set at the time of the Crusades and based on an episode from the Gemsalennne liberata by Torquato Tasso, it involves just three singers and a four-part string and continuo accompaniment; the score presents these forces as two distinct groupings, with many of the sounds of the contest between the Christian knight and his Saracen lover dramatically represented through triadic trumpet calls and a whole series of innovative special effects. …

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