LA VENEXIANA, directed by CLAUDIO CAVINA, in Trinity College Chapel
MONTEVERDI AND THE ART OF THE MADRIGAL
Monica Piccinini, soprano
Francesca Cassinari, soprano
Claudio Cavina, alto and harpsichord
Raffaele Giordani, tenor
Salvo Vitale, bass
Gabriele Palomba, theorbo
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La Venexiana has established a new style in Italian early music performance: a warm, truly Mediterranean blend of textual declamation, rhetorical colour and harmonic refinement, in marked contrast to the English choral tradition. Founded by the countertenor Claudio Cavina, they take their name from the anonymous comedy La Venexiana (‘The Venetian Girl’) of c.1537. They aim to incorporate the theatrically, attention to language, and exultation of contrasts between refined and popular, sacred and profane, which abound not only in this comedy, but in the madrigal repertoire of Sigismondo d'India, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Luca Marenzio, Barbara Strozzi, Gesualdo da Venosa and Claudio Monteverdi.
Acclaimed for their interpretations madrigals and opera alike, they have been the recipients of the Cannes Classical Award, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, BBC Classical Music Award Gramophone Award (in both 2001 and 2008) and Gramophone's Editor Choice.
'In their Monteverdi Editions, La Venexiana bring a dramatic delivery of the words and a uniquely Italian blend of solo voices to this glorious music, unrivalled on disc.' The Sunday Times
''The performances crackle with theatricality, the ensemble playing is first rate and the singing...is outstanding.' The Guardian