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Claudio Monteverdi

Balli and Dramatic Madrigals
from 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi'

Red Byrd
The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman
Hyperion Helios CDH55165 69m DDD
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Yet another exquisite reissue on the Helios label, this time a highly qualitative overview of madrigals from Monteverdi's impressive oeuvre. Peter Holman is one of the great experts in this sort of music and he brings a lovely period flavour to the classic, 'Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' and the rather long winded 'Il ballo delle ingrate' with its long florid lines and exquisite versatility very much in evidence.

Red Byrd are also an impressive choir and I had somewhat forgotten their provenance although this recording dates back to 1991. Previous critical acclaim had also been quite superb so I would expect all lovers of Monteverdi to snap this up at such a ridiculous price.

Copyright © 2004, Gerald Fenech