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The following is an extract from The Heart of the Hunter, Jeremy Siepmann’s interview with conductor Marco Longhini:

JS
‘For many music lovers the world over, the names of Monteverdi and Longhini are almost indissolubly linked. What is it that makes the link so strong? What does Longhini most love in Monteverdi?’

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‘One thing I love is his ability to undermine a system that had been codified for centuries by delving into music’s capacity to touch people’s hearts. The principal challenge for the modern interpreter is still that of touching the audience’s emotions. I’ll forever be grateful to Naxos for allowing me to record the complete madrigals of Monteverdi.’

MONTEVERDI, C.: Madrigals (Complete) (15-CD Box Set)
8.501505 • 15 Discs
Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567–1643)
Complete Madrigals

Delitiæ Musicæ • Marco Longhini

The madrigal, written for courts and patrons, was the ultimate secular song. The genre reached its zenith with the works of Claudio Monteverdi in successive books that trace his technical and expressive innovations. In them, Monteverdi explored themes such as the vicissitudes and pleasures of love, as well as the art of war, and the pain of loss. The editions used in these recordings are the most authentic and uncut, and, in keeping with 17th-century practice, employ male voices only. Praised as ‘compelling, simultaneously controlled and imaginative’ (American Record Guide) the collection also includes pieces never before recorded.

About the Artists
Marco Longhini has conducted a wide range of stage works, including a performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo and a much-acclaimed staging of Sartorio’s L’Orfeo, directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi. He has an extensive discography that notably includes the complete madrigals of Monteverdi and complete secular works of Gesualdo for Naxos. His performance with Delitiæ Musicæ of a new edition of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at the opening concert of the Festival International de Musiques Sacrées, Fribourg was broadcast on Swiss radio.
Italian early music ensemble Delitiæ Musicæ was established in 1992. Its significant recording projects include Verdelot’s Missa Philomena praevia and four widely acclaimed albums dedicated to Masses by Palestrina. Other projects include collections of the complete madrigals of both Monteverdi and Gesualdo, both released on Naxos. The unconventional, yet impassioned interpretations by Delitiæ Musicæ and Marco Longhini are seen as an important regeneration of Italian Renaissance and Baroque music.
‘As the only current recording of Book 1, this release will appeal to the earnest Monteverdi collector.’
American Record Guide
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Ch’ami la vita mia nel tuo bel nome
‘… exemplary style and captivating, scintillating vocalism.’
ClassicsToday.com
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Crudel, perché mi fuggi
‘As far as I am concerned, the recordings of Monteverdi's madrigals by Delitiæ Musicæ belong to the best available.’
MusicWeb International
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Ma dove, oh lasso me!
‘… these are bracing and hugely enjoyable performances.’
International Record Review
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Io mi son giovinetta
‘… the singing here is superb …’
ClassicsToday.com
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T’amo, mia vita
‘Instances of excellence are too numerous to describe here ...’
American Record Guide
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Qui rise, o Tirsi
‘… [a] splendid group of singers and a deluxe presentation …’
Fanfare
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Ballo: Tirsi e Clori – Balliamo e giriamo
★★★★
★★★★
★★★★
‘… the quality of the performances is extremely high.’
American Record Guide
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Altri canti di Marte (Madrigali amorosi)
‘Longhini brings out the meaning of every text in a way that gives his set a special appeal.’
Fanfare
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Zefiro torna e di soave accenti


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