María Cristina Kiehr, Stephan Macleod & Concerto Soave
In addition to his Madrigal Books Monteverdi also wrote less ambitious vocal works. He called them arie, canzonette or scherzi. Concerto Soave brings a generous selection of these fresh pieces of music: from the volume Canzonette, published in 1584 – Monteverdi was only seventeen at that stage – and the two books with Scherzi Musicali.
Although the scherzi musicali were intended as entertainment, these ‘musical little things’ achieve summits of refinement. The three-part canzonette then again belong to the earliest work that Claudio wrote: very accessible and striking ‘little songs’ that are rarely if ever performed. Nobody can match the top soloists of Concerto Soave to present them to you!