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Angel playing a rebec (c1500). A linden-wood sculpture statuette, South German
Reproduced by courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collections, New York
Track(s) taken from CDH55345
Recording details: February 1981
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 1985
Total duration: 5 minutes 53 seconds

'There are few records of Monteverdi's solo vocal music as persuasive as this … superb' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Wonderful. Performed with the vigour, intelligence and sense of sheer enjoyment of the music that one would expect from this group of artists' (International Record Review)

'One of the most beautiful records I have heard this year' (The Guardian)

'Music of exhilarating inspiration, superbly performed. A recording as near as may be to the ideal … a very remarkable recording indeed. For audiophile and music-lovers, this is essential' (Hi-Fi News)

'If you don't already own this joyous disc … add it to your collection without delay. It will repay the outlay a hundred times' (Goldberg)

'Emma Kirkby is at her bewitching best' (Amazon.co.uk)

Confitebor tibi Domine 'Alla francese', SV267
composer
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)

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The King's Consort, Robert King (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


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'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3' (CDA67487)
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'The Emma Kirkby Collection' (CDA66227)
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