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Published in 1638, the madrigals of Monteverdi’s Eighth Book are madrigals in name only. Completely redefining the polyphonic genre of the Renaissance, these exceptional works use a most diverse range of voices, while also calling for instruments, heralding the baroque cantata and its expression that so closely approaches the operatic form. Monteverdi described them as guerrieri et amorosiwhat could be better for such an aesthetic program than to evoke the war of love… its assaults, its conquests, and its ravages of the heart. 


Excerpts of The Eighth Book of madrigals by Monteverdi

Madrigal Altri canti d’Amor, tenero arciero

Madrigal Dolcissimo uscignolo

Madrigal Hor che’l ciel e la terra e’l vento tace

Madrigal Armato il cor d’adamantina fede

Introdutione al ballo e ballo – intermède : Tarquinio Merula, Ballo detto Pollicio, op. 12 nº 24 (1637)

Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

Lamento della Ninfa

Madrigal Ardo, avvampo, mi struggo, ardo : accorrete



Marie Magistry et Stephanie Manias, soprano
Josée Lalonde, alto
Nils Brown et Michiel Schrey, tenor
Clayton Kennedy, bass

Laura Andriani et Guillaume Villeneuve, violin
Mélisande Corriveau, tenor viol
Susie Napper, bass viol
Sylvain Bergeron, theorbo

Andrew McAnerney, direction