Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Awards 2007: Medieval & Renaissance

"Pilgrimage to Santiago"
Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner
Soli Deo Gloria

Fanfare's JF Weber calls this "a treasure, not to be missed" and describes the circumstances behind the disc's creation: "The Monteverdi Choir made the pilgrimage from a point in southwest France that brought them first to Conques, then to other churches along the way, where they stopped to sing these works of sacred music... Sometime after they returned to London, they made this recording in the space of three days, the music in their hearts as well as their voices, the experience still fresh in their minds. All of this is audible, palpable, in the playback". Mary Berry in Gramophone describes the recording as "a result of inestimable value".

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo. Furio Zanassi et al; Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini [Naive]
Monteverdi: "Combattimento". Rolando Villazón; Patrizia Ciofi; Topi Lehtipuu; Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm [Virgin]
"Musique and Sweet Poetrie: Jewels from Europe around 1600". Emma Kirkby; Jakob Lindberg [BIS]
Gombert: "Tribulation et angustia" - motets. Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice [Hyperion]

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