Composer of the Week: Monteverdi 450: Songs of Love and War

Composer of the Week: Monteverdi 450: Songs of Love and War



Today Donald completes his account of the life and music of Monteverdi by looking at the Eighth book of Madrigals ('Songs of Love and War) and his two final extant operas, written for Venice's new public opera house. For an elderly man, a canon of the Church, The Coronation of Poppea is an utterly extraordinary work: the world's first opera based on an historical subject, the rise of the courtesan Poppea as she supplants the Empress Octavia in the affections of the Emperor Nero. Lust, infidelity, love, ambition - the opera's famous immorality remains a challenge to audiences and critics alike. Hor che'l ciel e la terra: L'Arpeggiata, directed by Christina Pluhar. Altri canti d'Amore: Concerto Vocale, direfcted by René Jacobs. Il Ritorno d'Ulisse (extract): Ensemble Euphonia, Ensemble Elyma, directed by Gabriel Garrido. L'incoronazione di Poppea (extract): City of London Baroque Sinfonia. Arleen Auger (Poppea: soprano); Della Jones (Nerone : mezzo), directed by Richard Hickox. Magnificat (primo) from Selva Morale Vol III: The Sixteen, directed by Harry Chistophers.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Geoff Ballinger