La Compagnia del Madrigale
La Compagnia del Madrigale is the most accredited madrigal ensemble of today’s international early music scene. The group was founded in 2008 on the initiative of Rossana Bertini, Giuseppe Maletto and Daniele Carnovich: after singing madrigals and sacred polyphony together for over 20 years, they decide to self-manage their own activity without a musical director and integrate into the group Francesca Cassinari, Elena Carzaniga, Raffaele Giordani e Marco Scavazza.
In 2009, in collaboration with the RSI (Radio Television of the Italian Switzerland), under the direction of Diego Fasolis, and with I Barocchisti, La Compagnia del Madrigale recorded the Amfiparnaso by Orazio Vecchi and the Secondo Libro dei Madrigali a quattro voci of Palestrina, as part of the Palestrina complete works recording project, with the musical consultation of Francesco Luisi. In spring 2011 the ensemble made its discographic debut for the label Arcana with an anthology of madrigals on texts of Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso. This programme has been performed at the prestigious festivals of Ravenna, Geneva, Pisa and Paris.
In 2013 La Compagnia del Madrigale started working with the Spanish label Glossa, and recorded the Sesto libro dei Madrigali a cinque voci by Carlo Gesualdo, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. The disc obtained the Choc of Classica and the Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2013 for the Early Music category. Afterwards, the Primo Libro de’ Madrigali a cinque voci by Luca Marenzio was released and received the Diapason d’Or. For this recording the ensemble has been rewarded with the prestigious Gramophone Award 2014 for the Early Music category. The triple CD dedicated to Gesualdo’s Responsoria has received unanimous critical acclaim: Album of the Week of The Sunday Times, Diapason d’Or and Choc of Classica.
In 2015 the Quinto libro de’ madrigali a sei voci by Luca Marenzio has been released and received several prestigious awards, such as the Diapason d’or, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2016 the ensemble recorded his first CD dedicated to Claudio Monteverdi, Il Pianto della Madonna, an anthology of sacred compositions and spiritual madrigals. The same year they released the Terzo libro de’ Madrigali by Carlo Gesualdo. Both recordings have been awarded the Diapason d’Or.
On the occasion of the Monteverdi Anniversary of 2017, La Compagnia del Madrigale presents the Vespro della Beata Vergine in collaboration with Cantica Symphonia and La Pifarescha. At the same time, the ensemble has expanded its concert activity, performing at major festivals including MiTo, Unione Musicale Torino, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, RheinVocal, and in prestigious concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Kölner Philharmonie, Victoria Hall in Geneve, Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra in Rome. In 2012 the group was invited to the XVIII Europa Cantat in Turin, where they held a workshop on Monteverdi’s madrigal interpretation for a wide group of singers from all over the world.
Future projects will see La Compagnia del Madrigale involved in the recording of works by Monteverdi, Cipriano de Rore and Gesualdo, as well as programmes devoted to Petrarca’s Canzoniere, Gerusalemme Liberata of Tasso and the Vespro della Beata Vergine of Monteverdi.