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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: 8 minutes 19 seconds

Beatus vir 1650
composer
Messa a quattro voci e salmi (1650)
author of text
Psalm 111 (112)

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In this setting of Psalm 111 (112), as in the more famous six-voice setting of the Selva morale (see volume 1), Monteverdi treats the first line of the psalm as a refrain, binding together what would otherwise be disparate sections of music which translate the images of the text in a more or less madrigalian manner – the full texture for ‘Potens in terra’ (verse 2), for example, or the sustained bass-line for ‘quia in aeternum non commovebitur’ (verse 5), or the angry quaver phrases for ‘irascetur’ (verse 9).

from notes by John Whenham © 2005

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'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 4' (SACDA67519)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 4
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