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The Beauty Of Monteverdi

Towering above the late Renaissance and early Baroque, Claudio Monteverdi was
called the “Shakespeare of music” by John Eliot Gardiner, whose recordings
feature in this cross-section of the Italian master's most important sacred and
secular works. In both realms, says Gardiner - singling out L'Orfeo,
opera's first masterpiece - Monteverdi conveys “the whole range of human

Paul McCreesh, one of the album's other authoritative Monteverdi conductors,
used the words “dazzling”, “breathtaking” and “electrifying” to
describe another of its highlights, the glorious Vespers of
1610. Montever­di's­ sensuous melodies, harmonies and spellbinding rhythms
also typify the other works of genius performed here by some of early
music's finest singers and players.

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