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Track(s) taken from CDA67428
Recording details: February 2003
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2003
Total duration: 7 minutes 6 seconds

'This is life-enhancing stuff, breathtakingly exciting at times, exquisitely beautiful at others. If King and his forces maintain the standard they set here, this series is surely set to be the definitive representation of Monteverdi on disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The King's Consort shows complete affinity with both the dramatic and the lyrical aspects of Monteverdi's style. No ensemble could be better suited to this magnificent undertaking' (The Daily Telegraph)

'…one of the glories of the new disc is the gloriously full-toned and marvelously projected singing of his two sopranos, Carolyn Sampson and Rebecca Outram … A further distinct plus is Hyperion's superb engineering, which presents the performances with glowing, yet sharply defined immediacy' (Fanfare, USA)

'…a highly successful opening instalment' (Goldberg)

'This music is already familiar from other recordings of Venetian vespers, yet these are magisterial performances, the Christmas setting giving them an appropriately festive focus' (Early Music)

Laudate pueri I a 5 concertato
Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1)
author of text
Psalm 112

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à 5 concertato con due violini

This is one of the most tightly drawn of the psalm settings in the Selva morale, consisting as it does of little more than two blocks of musical material. And it is a setting in which Monteverdi takes liberties with the text in order to produce a clearly audible refrain structure. Section A is formed by the music of the opening duet for tenors, in which Monteverdi sets only the first half of the verse before moving on to set verse 2 as a triple-time, aria-like section [B] for sopranos and violins. The A and B sections are then alternated, with A remaining recognizably the same while B evolves gradually through the course of the setting. The steady progress of this musical structure is interrupted only at verse 6, where the text turns aside from praising God to declaiming the news that he rescues the poor and needy, and then again at the beginning of the Gloria, which Monteverdi begins with a tenor duet in ornamented style. This soon shades off, however, into final statements of A and B, with A reintroducing the words ‘Laudate pueri Dominum’ and B allotted the text ‘Semper et in saeculorum’.

from notes by John Whenham © 2003

Other albums featuring this work
'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 1' (SACDA67428)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 1
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