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Monteverdi, from profane to sacred


Monteverdi, from profane to sacred


Choir of Les Arts Florissants

Musical direction



Giovanni GABRIELI - Intonatione del quinto tono

Aquilino COPPINI - O Jesu mia vita

Aquilino COPPINI - Cantemus laeti quae Deus efficit

Aquilino COPPINI - Maria quid ploras ad monumentum

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI - Toccata Settima

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI - O gloriose martyr

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI - Jesu dum te contemplor

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI - O stellae coruscantes

Claudio MERULO DA CORREGIO - Rutilante in nocte exultant

Claudio MERULO DA CORREGIO - Luce serena lucent

Claudio MERULO DA CORREGIO - Sancta Maria quae Christum peperisti

Luzzasco LUZZASCHI - Fantasia a quattro sopra Ave Maris Stella

Luzzasco LUZZASCHI - Qui laudes tuas cantat

Luzzasco LUZZASCHI - Stabat Virgo Maria

Luzzasco LUZZASCHI - Pulchrae sunt genae tuae

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI - Toccata avanti il Ricercar

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI - Recercar con obligo di cantare la quinta parte senza toccarla

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI - Felle amaro me potavit populus

"Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew are in their element and know how to draw from this music all the elegance it requires." Classica

A connoisseur of Monteverdi, whose complete madrigals he conducted, Paul Agnew invites us to rediscover this repertoire in an unusual light, with a program devoted to "contrafacta". These "forgeries", elaborated by Aquilino Coppini, are nothing other than adaptations of Monteverdi's madrigals to sacred texts. The music remains unchanged, but the poetic treatment is of the highest interest: Coppini, in an astonishing exercise of rhetoric, has shaped the sacred texts to bend them to the accents, rhythms and sonorities of the original secular texts whose resolutely erotic content finds, under his pen, a striking translation of religious ecstasy. This passage from the profane to the sacred is an opportunity to admire the extraordinary plasticity of Monteverdi's writing, which allows two very different readings of the same music.

"It is sacred music, but it retains its liveliness, its passion, its dissonance: a combination of things that makes it even more alive." Paul Agnew

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Season 2021-2022

Pontoise / France
Festival baroque de Pontoise

  • Friday, October 1 2021

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