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Hyperion Records

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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 8 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)

'… there are joys here to melt icebergs … I want Volume 3 immediately' (The Times)

'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)

Ego dormio a 2 voci e B.c.
composer
Sacri affetti (1625)
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Old Testament Song of Songs (Song of Solomon), a collection of love-lyrics often written in the female voice, was a frequently mined source for motet texts during the Renaissance. In the Christian church such texts were interpreted metaphorically, sometimes as texts in praise of the Virgin Mary, sometimes, as in this case, as texts representing the Church (the woman) welcoming her beloved (Christ). Although the motet is scored for soprano and bass, Monteverdi does not treat the text as a dialogue, but uses both voices together to represent the female and male speakers. The motet was the first by Monteverdi to be published in a Roman anthology – Francesco Sammaruco’s Sacri affetti (Sacred Affections), published by Luca Antonio Soldi in Rome in 1625. Interestingly, there is no hint of the melodious triple-time refrains found in the music of northern Italian anthologies. Instead, the motet is set throughout in an expressive (‘affective’) recitative-like style.

from notes by John Whenham © 2004

Other albums featuring this work
'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 2' (SACDA67438)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 2
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