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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: 5 minutes 24 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)

Cantate Domino a 2 1615
Parnassus Music Ferdinandaeus (1615)
author of text
Psalm 97 (98): 1, 2, 4

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This two-voice motet was the earliest published example of Monteverdi’s Venetian sacred music and, interestingly, it was issued in an anthology dedicated to Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, who later, as Emperor Ferdinand II, was the intended dedicatee of Monteverdi’s monumental eighth book of madrigals. The anthology – Parnassus Musicus Ferdinandaeus (1615) – includes music by composers working in Italy, as well as those working at Ferdinand’s court at Graz. It was edited by Giovan Battista Bonometti, a singer employed by Ferdinand who had earlier worked at Milan Cathedral, where he may have met Monteverdi during one of the composer’s visits to that city. The text of the motet is based on verses 1, 2 and 4 of Psalm 97 (98 in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and the English Bible). The musical setting establishes the pattern for many of Monteverdi’s later Venetian motets by contrasting a triple-time refrain, representing singing (‘Cantate Domino’), with passages in duple time, in this case lavishly ornamented in a manner reminiscent of pieces in the 1610 Vespers collection.

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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