Please wait...

Hyperion Records

Click cover art to view larger version
Angel playing a rebec (c1500). A linden-wood sculpture statuette, South German
Reproduced by courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collections, New York
Track(s) taken from CDH55345
Recording details: February 1981
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 1985
Total duration: 5 minutes 40 seconds

'There are few records of Monteverdi's solo vocal music as persuasive as this … superb' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Wonderful. Performed with the vigour, intelligence and sense of sheer enjoyment of the music that one would expect from this group of artists' (International Record Review)

'One of the most beautiful records I have heard this year' (The Guardian)

'Music of exhilarating inspiration, superbly performed. A recording as near as may be to the ideal … a very remarkable recording indeed. For audiophile and music-lovers, this is essential' (Hi-Fi News)

'If you don't already own this joyous disc … add it to your collection without delay. It will repay the outlay a hundred times' (Goldberg)

'Emma Kirkby is at her bewitching best' (

Confitebor tibi Domine, SV266
setting II; a 3 voci concertato con due violini; from Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1)
author of text
Psalm 110 (111)

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
No fewer than six settings of Psalm 110 by Monteverdi have survived. The three included on this disc are quite different and demonstrate that Monteverdi was more interested in using the framework of the Psalm to explore different formal schemes than in characterizing the meaning of individual words. This one, the second of three in the Selva morale, is almost entirely in the flowing triple time associated with Venetian opera, and is built on a long modulating ground bass. Monteverdi treats it fairly freely and marks off each statement with a short passage of duple time. Such experiments with ground-bass techniques were very much in the air in the 1630s.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1981

   English   Français   Deutsch