The recording of Heinrich Schütz's Italian madrigals has just been released by harmonia mundi, in the "Les Arts Florissants" collection. A perfect opportunity to rediscover this repertoire, interpreted by Paul Agnew and his singers well-versed in the art of the madrigal!
1611. After two years of study with Gabrieli in Venice, Heinrich Schütz tried his hand at composing madrigals on Italian poems. This mere ‘graduation exercise’ turned out to be a masterpiece: the young German composer demonstrated his ability to identify each nuance of the text with a different musical emotion, a refinement heightened here by the interpretation of Les Arts Florissants.