The Full Monteverdi


Six stars from Norway
June 2, 2008, 2:58 pm
Filed under: General

The idea is actually very simple: you take Monteverdi’s Fourth Book of Madrigals (1603) and transplant them to a modern setting. But like most simple ideas it takes a special imagination to come up with it in the first place, and full credit to director John La Bouchardière for that moment of genius. The setting is a restaurant: the six voices of I Fagiolini sing the Monteverdi (wonderfully) as six actors mime the disintegration of their love affairs to their partners, flashbacks later revealing how they came to be there in the first place. What La Bouchardière has done is to add a further layer of meaning to the music: already painfully beautiful, it now takes on a searing intensity – I watched it with tears running down my cheeks.

Martin Anderson Klassisk (Norway) May 2008

SIX STAR REVIEW (OUT OF 6!)

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