Musical trifles... In addition to his books of madrigals, Monteverdi also practised throughout his life less ambitious vocal forms which he designated canzonette, arie or scherzi. Here is a broad selection of these, from the canzonette published in 1584 - when he was only seventeen - to the two books of Scherzi musicali. After the clear choreographic connotations of the 1607 collection, we move on, in 1632, to a considerably more sophisticated art, tending towards the strophic aria and the stile recitativo of the madrigal. Even if they were written for amusement, these 'musical trifles' attain summits of refinement.
This title was released for the first time in 2005.