Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search

“The Eighth Book of Madrigals, composed by Claudio Monteverdi in 1638 and named Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi, is considered a key publication in the history of music. This is the first time that this important work has been presented in such a comprehensive edition from the musical point of view. For this great collection of poetic texts and sources we want to offer both a musical and a theatrical vision of Monteverdi's magnificent publication that inhabits a world of deep emotions.”

Marco Longhini, conductor

MONTEVERDI, C.: Madrigals, Book 8 (Il Ottavo Libro de Madrigali, 1638)
[4 CDs]
Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567–1643)
Madrigals, Book 8
Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi

Delitiæ Musicæ
Marco Longhini

The Eighth Book of Madrigals, subdivided into a substantial series of vocal and instrumental partbooks, contains some of Monteverdi’s greatest music. In this sumptuous collection the material is carefully arranged by category into madrigals of war, love and those for the stage, with a wide array of human passions and compositional styles. This is the first recording to present Book Eight in its original, uncut form, also incorporating instrumental sinfonias and dances by Biagio Marini (1594-1663) to round off Monteverdi’s design. In keeping with seventeenth-century practice, the madrigals are performed entirely by male voices, including a boy soprano in the role of Cupid.

Listen to an extract from Ardo, avvampo

Listen to Raymond Bisha's podcast
about this release

About the Artists
Marco Longhini
In addition to his work with Delitiæ Musicæ, Marco Longhini has a demanding career as a conductor of opera and oratorio. Recent engagements include a stage performance of Monteverdi’s Orfeo recorded for the National Italian Television RAI, Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo by Emilio de’ Cavalieri and a greatly acclaimed production of Orfeo by Antonio Sartorio staged by Pierluigi Pizzi. Marco Longhini has an extensive discography and is the first conductor to record the Complete Madrigals of Monteverdi.
Delitiæ Musicæ
Founded in 1992, Delitiæ Musicæ is considered one of the most enterprising Italian early music ensembles. Its recordings include Verdelot's Missa Philomena Praevia and four widely acclaimed albums featuring Masses by Palestrina based on compositions by Cipriano de Rore, Lupus and Jacquet de Mantua. With their unconventional yet impassioned interpretations, Delitiæ Musicæ and Marco Longhini have made a vital contribution to the regeneration of Italian Renaissance and Baroque music.
Previous releases in Delitiæ Musicæ’s Monteverdi Madrigals cycle
“This release will appeal to the earnest Monteverdi collector.”
American Record Guide
“[These] performances are turning out to be the versions of choice— definitely worth serious attention.”
“Deft technique, splendid ensemble blend and balance.”
“These are bracing and hugely enjoyable performances.”
International Record Review
“Clarity of diction, purity of tone and precision of ensemble”
“The excellence of execution continued to impress.”
“A zestful traversal of Monteverdi’s monumental Madrigal collection.”

View our special weekly features:
View all Features »


Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group