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Hyperion Records

SACDA67519 - Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 4

Recording details: February 2004
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Jonathan Stokes
Release date: November 2005
Total duration: 68 minutes 1 seconds

CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK - The Daily Telegraph

The Sacred Music, Vol. 4
The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor) Super-Audio CD Deleted  

It has been almost a year since the last release in this series, but from the very first bar of the Laetatus sum setting which opens this new volume the wait seems to have been worth it: over a swaggering bass ostinato Monteverdi weaves an exuberant array of melodies—with widely contrasted instruments and voices—to draw us once more into the world of Venetian extravagance.

The programme continues with a range of motets, the forces called upon varying from solo voice in the declamatory Salve regina to multiple soloists and polychoral opulence in the Beatus vir setting.

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