Vices, virtues and passions in Claudio Monteverdi's music


Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor


A concert that digs deep into the violent and conflicting human emotions. The amorous torments of the madrigals, the pure nobility of Orfeo, the Vespers’ innovative style, the chastity of Ulysses and the total lack of morality of Poppea: how can they all cohabit in the soul of one man? The allegory of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Virtues will guide us in the hearts and minds of the 17th century. The Seven Deadly Sins, as listed by Pope Gregory (c. 540-604) and mentioned by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), have played a vital role in the imagination of artists, such as Dante and Leonardo da Vinci; at Palazzo Ducale, in Venice, they are represented on the capitals of the Museo dell’Opera. Monteverdi certainly lived his life among these daily contradictions, but, as no one else, was able to transcend and sublimate the human passions into music.

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