Performers: Rossana Bertini (soprano), Elisa Franzetti (soprano), Monica Piccinini (soprano), Fulvia Bertoli (mezzosoprano), Claudio Cavina (alto), Giuseppe Maletto (tenor), Sandro Naglia (tenor), Daniele Carnovich (bass), Sergio Foresti (bass), Andrea Damiani (theorbo), Rinaldo Alessandrini (harpsichord), Fabio Biondi (violin), Enrico Casazza (violin), Isabella Longo (violin), Massimo Battistella (viol), Maurizio Naddeo (violoncello)
Playing time: 65'
Recording date: May 1996
The 5th Book immediately precedes Monteverdi's entry into opera, and sits precariously at the beginning of the seconda prattica.
This is particularly evident in the obligato continuo of the final 6 madrigals, although the first 13 are at the discretion of the performer (all-vocal in this performance) and maintain several ideas from the prima prattica style. This book follows quickly on the fourth, but the sixth did not come for a full nine years.
Whereas Monteverdi's true seconda prattica takes up virtuoso ideas from the new monody, the more harmonically novel ideas of the 5th book are perhaps most closely reflected in the later style of Gesualdo. Such a recording, showing this development of style:
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