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Hyperion Records

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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: 4 minutes 27 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)

'This magnificent series goes from strength to strength, each fresh instalment reaching even more stratospheric standards of excellence than its predecessor' (The Daily Telegraph)

'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)

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes III 1640
composer
Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1)
author of text
Psalm 116 (117)

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The very brevity of the text of ‘Laudate Dominum’ (two verses plus the ‘Gloria Patri’) posed a problem for the composer. In this setting from the Selva morale Monteverdi solved the problem by turning the text into a dramatic dialogue between the two sopranos (perhaps representing angels) and the remainder of the ensemble. The sopranos enjoin the people to praise the Lord, but are at first met only by the single word ‘quoniam’, which in this context becomes a question – ‘because?’. Only after the sopranos answer this question, by singing the words of verse 2 – ‘quoniam confirmata est …’ (‘Because his mercy upon us is confirmed …’) – do ‘the people’ respond at greater length, at first seeking further confirmation, and then singing the complete psalm text, verse 1 as a full eight-part ensemble, verse 2 in two four-part choirs each led by one of the sopranos. The ‘Gloria Patri’ is then sung by the two sopranos alone, cadencing in a way that seems to fade into the distance.

from notes by John Whenham © 2010

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