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Track(s) taken from CDA67438
Recording details: February 2004
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Release date: April 2004
Total duration: 3 minutes 49 seconds

'Monteverdi is one of those composers who really does merit a complete recording of his output. The sacred works have been a little neglected, and this splendid new series, with its informed and intelligent booklet notes, is putting things right' (BBC Music Magazine)

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'Sumptuous surround sound and full-blooded performances from Robert King and Co. combine to thrilling effect in the second release in their fabulous Monteverdi cycle' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Where this new disc really comes into its own is in the small-scale motets, where King's outstanding roster of soloists would be exceedingly difficult to better … The rarely performed motets alone should ensure the present disc its place in any Monteverdi collection, while John Whenham's notes prove as valuable an asset as those Michael Talbot provided for King's Vivaldi sacred music traversal' (Fanfare, USA)

'I'll say it straight out: the result is truly exciting! The music is magnificent, and so is the interpretation … The architecture of the programme is particularly remarkable, and the album is built on balance, variety, contrast' (Goldberg)

'This is an absolutely crack team of soloists, all of whom are completely at home in Monteverdi's idiom. The tenors in particular luxuriate in the ornamental roulades …' (Early Music)

'En effet, c'est avec un tact et une finesse sans précédent que King mène son corpus instrumental … La douceur séraphique de Sampson et Outram dans le Venite, Siccientes n'a d'équivalent que la parfaite maîrise de la diction, des sons enflés et de la souplesse de ces voix' (Classica, France)

Exultent caeli a 5
composer
Quarta raccolta de' sacri canti (1629)
author of text
Feast of the Annunciation

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The Marian motet ‘Exultent caeli’, for five voices and continuo, was published in the Quarta raccolta de’ sacri canti (Fourth Collection of Sacred Songs, 1629) of Lorenzo Calvi, choirmaster of Pavia Cathedral as he styled himself on the title-page of his third collection (1626). Calvi’s book includes music by a number of able north Italian composers who had, to use his own words, ‘favoured him’ with compositions for inclusion in the anthology. In the source this appears to be a motet with two verses, and it has previously been performed as such. In fact, though, each verse refers to a different Marian Feast day and it is clear that only one should be sung at a time. The text of the second verse of Monteverdi’s motet identifies it as suitable for the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March). Monteverdi sandwiches the verse between two passages in triple time: the first is the five-part chorus of rejoicing that opens and closes the motet, the second a suave three-voice hymn to Mary which begins as a setting over the so-called ‘Chaconne Bass’, often used as an ostinato in music of the 1630s (Monteverdi himself used it for his setting of Rinuccini’s ‘Zefiro torna’, published in the Scherzi musicali of 1632). In a note to the choirmaster Monteverdi states that the ‘Exultent caeli’ section can be performed with instruments doubling the voices.

from notes by John Whenham © 2004

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'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 2' (SACDA67438)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 2
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