Maria Cristina Kiehr - Monteverdi: Pianto della Madonna (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:47 | 263 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 901680
Monteverdi's larger choral pieces are so masterly that they tend to overshadow his chamber scale sacred music the solo works in particular. Occasionally one or two of these exquisite motets will appear on a collection such as Paul McCreesh's Venetian Vespers, but rarely do they become the focus of an entire recording as they are here. The much-admired early-music diva Maria Cristina Kiehr has a slightly constricted quality to her voice that won't appeal to everyone, but her very narrow vibrato colors her sound without affecting her accuracy of pitch, spotless coloratura, or blend with period instruments (played beautifully here by Concerto Soave).