La Compagnia del Madrigale, Marta Graziolino, Luca Guglielmi – Monteverdi: Il pianto della Madonna (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:08:25 minutes | 642 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Glossa

With Il pianto della Madonna, a collection of spiritual compositions by Claudio Monteverdi, La Compagnia del Madrigale provide a stunning follow-up to their award-winning recording of the Fifth Book of madrigals by Luca Marenzio — both releases from Glossa. The singers of the ensemble have returned to their favoured Piedmontese recording location in Roletto to create a vivid sound picture of the desire in Monteverdi’s own time to bring the “heavenly harmony” of the composer’s secular works into the service of the religious domain (and that despite Post-Tridentine restrictions on such secular “intrusions”). (more…)

Soloists of the Spannungen Festival 2016 – Mendelssohn, Penderecki: Sextets (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 58:54 minutes | 581 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Avi Music

A unique meeting of musical and architectural history, the Spannungen Festival is an annual chamber music festival held at the Heimbach hydroelectric power station. This release features two sextets performed among the turbines, brass instruments and Art Deco lamps of Heimbach in 2016: Mendelssohn’s Sextet in D Major, with its piano-dominated score, contrasted with Penderecki’s colossal Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, String Trio and Piano, considered by some to be the first masterpiece of the 21st century. (more…)