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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

The Sacred Music, Vol. 1

The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Super-Audio CD Deleted
Recording details: February 2003
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2003
Total duration: 74 minutes 38 seconds
Dixit Dominus I a 8 voci concertato 1640  [9'48]
Confitebor tibi I a 3 voci con 5 altre voci ne ripieni 1640  [8'36]
Beatus vir I a 6 voci concertato 1640  [7'42]
Laudate pueri I a 5 concertato  [7'06]
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes a 5 concertato 1640  [4'37]
Christe redemptor omnium 'Himnus unius Martyris' 1640  [4'05]
Magnificat I a 8 voci 1640  [13'43]
Messa a 4 da Cappella 1640
Movement 1: Kyrie  [2'35]
Movement 2: Gloria  [3'37]
Movement 3: Credo  [5'46]
Movement 4: Sanctus  [2'05]
Movement 5: Benedictus  [1'34]
Movement 6: Agnus Dei  [3'24]

Here we have the start of an exciting mini series from The King's Consort, recording highlights of the sacred music of Claudio Monteverdi.

The first volume is suitably opulent, with a veritable 'Who's who' of Monteverdi solo singers joined by two dozen chorus singers and a colourful group of instrumentalists under Robert King's lively baton. The repertoire for this opening volume presents a joyous Christmas sequence from the composer's great collection of 1640-41, Selva morale e spirituale, such as might have been heard at a Venetian Vespers, alongside a fine Mass. The spacious recordings are complemented by excellent booklet notes by Monteverdi expert Professor John Whenham.

Monteverdi's unique music is constantly inventive, immensely varied—and uniquely Venetian. A glorious new Hyperion project!