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Track(s) taken from CDA67519
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: 5 minutes 26 seconds

'Robert King never rushes the music but cannily treads the fine line between dizzying excitement and authoritative splendour. Even if you already admire seminal recordings of Monteverdi sacred music by the likes of Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel and Rinaldo Alessandrini, there are plenty of less familiar gems included that make this series essential' (Gramophone)

'This series of recordings is proving to be the definitive account of the neglected side of Monteverdi’s genius, and one that’s unlikely to be surpassed in range and quality for many years' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Robert King's essential exploration of Monteverdi offers yet more evidence of the master's genius. Here the familiar sits with lesser known settings of sacred settings, all works of staggering beauty. King and the soloists capture the essence of this music, with outstanding contributions from Carolyn Sampson, Charles Daniels and James Gilchrist' (The Independent)

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'The opening Laetatus sum is irresistible—typical in its bounce and clarity of every track in the fourth volume of the King's Consort's survey of sacred Monteverdi … Monteverdi collectors shouldn't hesitate' (The Times)

'All played and sung with style' (The Sunday Times)

'I'm inclined to think this superbly engineered disc the most successful issue yet in a splendid series. Fervently recommended' (Goldberg)

'The King's Consort has grown in confidence in this music as the recordings progress; each of these pieces is a joy. The soloists are uniformly excellent, with James Gilchrist comining into his own … These are Rolls-Royce recordings, drawing on the very best of British musicians and recording experience. Even the ripieno choir is peopled with some of the country's most experienced singers' (Early Music)

Dixit Dominus II 1650
composer
Messa a quattro voci e salmi (1650)
author of text
Psalm 109 (110)

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In the Selva morale – Monteverdi’s own projection of his achievement in the field of church music – there is very little evidence of the standard type of eight-voice psalm setting, with two four-part choirs singing in alternation and together, that we can find in the output of his predecessors and successors at St Mark’s and which were prescribed for important feast days on which the doge attended Vespers and when the Pala d’Oro – the great gold altarpiece – was displayed. So, again, we are indebted to the publisher Vincenti and his 1650 Messa a quattro voci e salmi for this example of just such a setting, ‘alla breve’, in what was coming to be known as the ‘old style’. Even here, however, Monteverdi does not simply alternate the psalm verse by verse between the choirs, as Willaert did, but combines them in a more varied and less predictable series of textures.

from notes by John Whenham © 2005

Other albums featuring this work
'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 4' (SACDA67519)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 4
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