Published in 1638, Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals reflects a genius at the height of his powers and parades an incredible emotional range, from bold proclamations to a beauty and sensuousness that’s almost painful in its intensity. Raymond Bisha introduces the latest recording from the Italian instrumental and vocal ensemble Delitiæ Musicæ, under their founding music director Marco Longhini. Charged with recording for Naxos the complete madrigals of both Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo, the artists’ expert, theatrical response to Monteverdi’s extraordinary word-painting on this latest release confirms their leading status as interpreters of this music.
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