The best recordings of Monteverdi

We bring you four of the finest examples of the work of Claudio Monteverdi on disc

Monteverdi best recordings

L’Orfeo
Ian Bostridge etc; Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm
Virgin 948 2532

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Characterful instrumental playing, with Bostridge as close as anyone to the ‘speaking in song’ of the time.

1610 Vespers
Taverner Consort & Players/Andrew Parrott
Virgin 561 6622

A classic recording, with full liturgical reconstruction and phenomenally good choral and consort tuning.

Fourth Book of Madrigals
Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini
Naïve OP30502

A virtuosic account of this great a capella book.

Flaming Heart – secular choral works
I Fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth
Chandos CHAN0730

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An excellent introduction, with madrigals drawn from several books.