Random Tune: Altri canti d’amor

I haven’t done this in a while, too busy figuring out how to read books properly (must incorporate this advice into my “book report” philosophy, everyone knows I hate original thoughts), here’s a wonderful piece of old music:

And another version:


3 thoughts on “Random Tune: Altri canti d’amor

  1. Wonderful indeed, Mikhail. I’ve come to depend on you for my continuing education in things I wouldn’t have thought to take the time for–as with Monteverdi, my intro to him through Orfeo and Eurydice was much less enthralling than this music. It seemed pallid, at least when I heard it when it was being ‘explained’ to us back at Juilliard (I didn’t feel the same about Palestrina, though, whom I adore, maybe you can post some–after all, you’re the only bleuger besides Arpege that ever posts good music, and I can’t link to her site anymore, because I think it’s got a virus in it. And people ought to know about Palestrina and Michael Praetorius and all sorts of others.)

    I wasn’t listening quite closely enough to the second one, but my impression was that I thought the first more elegant. At first, I wasn’t sure it was the same piece. Also meant to thank you for the Lully a few months back, or was that Rameau? one with naked people in it? That was very good stuff too.

    I do hope Mladen Dolar is slipping in and listening to your musical choices, given that your taste is obviously superior (not always using ‘obscure’ as a criterion, shall we say). Next thing you know he’ll realize that it’s really all right to listen to ‘La Mer’ without being thought coarse-minded.

    • Thanks. The last one was Rameau, I think, unless it was Lully (a clip from The King Dances?), in any case, Monteverdi is brilliant, but you’re right, Orfeo might be a bit too long and, by our modern standard, monotonous, but it’s a treasure as well, I think. I like Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria much more, the final scene of meeting between Odysseus and Penelope is pretty powerful, even for opera lovers, but also because it’s a first real duet and it’s so subtle and minimal. I must post it (not sure about the subtitles, but it’s that scene where Penelope finally recognizes Odysseus and they live happily ever after):

      P.S. Who is Mladen Dolar?

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