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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 39 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)

O beatae viae a 2 voci
composer
Symbolae Diversorum Musicorum (1620)
author of text
Antiphon for the Feast of San Rocco

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‘O beatae viae’ was published in 1620 in Lorenzo Calvi’s Symbolae Diversorum Musicorum. Its text is an antiphon for the Feast of San Rocco (16 August), a saint venerated in Venice as a protector against plague and as the patron saint of one of the city’s richest confraternities. Celebrations of the saint’s day at the home of the confraternity, the Scuola di San Rocco, were accompanied each year by elaborate music-making, with singers and instrumentalists bought in from St Mark’s to boost the Scuola’s own musical forces (a notable account of the celebrations for 1608, when Giovanni Gabrieli was organist of the Scuola can be read in Thomas Coryate’s Crudities, published in 1611). Monteverdi’s two-voice setting of the antiphon reflects the approach to duet-writing adopted by his assistant choirmaster at St Mark’s, Alessandro Grandi, in which the end-phrase of a solo melody is treated in imitation to build a large musical paragraph. Triple-time writing is used for the word ‘cantemus’ (Let us sing) and for the extended final ‘Alleluia’.

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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