Monteverdi sung by twins? You could jump to that conclusion hearing this disc of vocal duets by Tenet’s perfectly matched sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, who could pass for sisters in the booklet photos. In fact, Quinn and Tenet’s artistic director Greenleaf have a significant age difference, and each voice has a specific timbre. But somehow they converge into what often feels like a single sound, aided by their near-telepathic musical rapport.
Drawing on their considerable performing experience, New York-based early music group Tenet have produced a well-rounded and impeccably performed collection of lesser-know canzonette and instrumental works by Monteverdi and his Italian contemporaries.