Album: Monteverdi / Scelsi, Vita – Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Naive)

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Wieder-Atherton's recital with fellow cellists Sarah Lancu and Matthieu Lejeune fashions an elegaic narrative from music by "two geniuses outside their own times": Claudio Monteverdi and Giacinto Scelsi.

Franck Krawczyk's transcriptions of fragments from "Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi" have an interstitial quality, with nods to the cooler timbres of viol and lirone, though WA sounds more secure in the knotted aphorisms of Scelsi's "Les trois ages...". Fascinating but odd.