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Zefiro torna e 'l bel tempo rimena, SV108
Madrigals, Book 6
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'Monteverdi: Madrigals of Love and Loss' (CDA68019)
Monteverdi: Madrigals of Love and Loss
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Zefiro torna e 'l bel tempo rimena, SV108
The Petrarch setting Zefiro torna e ’l bel tempo rimena from Book 6 conveys the intense pain of loss. Monteverdi sets the first two quatrains of the sonnet as though they were two stanzas of a strophic song, in a joyful dance-like triple time reflecting the pleasures of spring. When the poet contrasts this with his inner desolation, however, Monteverdi turns to a more sombre mood. Mention of the singing of birds and the love of women in lines 12 and 13 prompt a brief return to the joyous music of the opening before we are plunged into a tortured sequence of dissonances reflecting the poet’s anguish.

from notes by John Whenham © 2014

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Details for CDA68019 track 8
Recording date
15 March 2013
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt & Robert Cammidge
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  1. Monteverdi: Madrigals of Love and Loss (CDA68019)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: February 2014
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