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Track(s) taken from CDA67487
Recording details: February 2004
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Jonathan Stokes & Philip Hobbs
Release date: November 2004
Total duration: 6 minutes 15 seconds

'It would be difficult to praise these performances to highly … the clarity and sheer élan here defeat close rival performances by William Christie and Konrad Junghänel' (BBC Music Magazine)

'No Monteverdi enthusiast will want to be without this superb selection … Robert King's light-footed approach to the big pieces, with brisk speeds and crisp, springy rhythms, keeps up both the momentum and the excitement to produce some thrilling climaxes' (The Daily Telegraph)

'We have come to expect nothing but first rate perfomances from Robert King and his colleagues, and this recording does not disappoint. Hyperion's recorded sound is clear but warm, sumptuous, and intense, as befits the music' (American Record Guide)

'The warmly enveloping acoustic is exactly right for this opulent, exciting music; and Robert King’s trusty group disport themselves with the usual trim gusto. With performances like these I’d be happy if this series rolled on forever' (The Times)

'this is another fine issue to add to a series that has now firmly established its credentials as yet one more (brilliently plumed) feather in the respective caps of King and Hyperion' (Fanfare, USA)

Confitebor tibi Domine 'Alla francese', SV267
setting III; from Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1); based on Monteverdi's madrigals Dolcissimo uscignolo and Chi vol haver felice
author of text
Psalm 110 (111)

Other recordings available for download
Emma Kirkby (soprano), The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman (conductor), Peter Holman (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This curious piece is a reworking of sections from the madrigals Dolcissimo uscignolo and Chi vol haver felice from Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of 1638. Both madrigals are in the French style, which means that they imitate the syllabic word-setting with the fluctuating pulse of the French vers mesuré tradition. The Psalm is really written for soprano solo, choir and continuo but, as Monteverdi explains in a note, it can be performed with ‘four violin family instruments, leaving the soprano part to a solo voice’. At the ‘Gloria Patri’ the restraint of the French style is suddenly cast aside in an impassioned burst of virtuosity from the soprano, returning to sobriety at ‘Sicut erat in principio’, when the opening music is heard—a kind of musical pun.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1981

Other albums featuring this work
'Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music' (CDH55345)
Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55345  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3' (SACDA67487)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3
Buy by post £10.50 This album is not yet available for download SACDA67487  Super-Audio CD — Last few CD copies remaining  
'The Emma Kirkby Collection' (CDA66227)
The Emma Kirkby Collection
Buy by post £10.50 This album is not yet available for download CDA66227 

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