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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 57 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)

Nisi Dominus, SV200
composer
setting I; a 3 voci e duoi violini; from Messa a quattro voci e salmi (1650)
author of text
Psalm 126 (127)

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Emma Kirkby (soprano), Ian Partridge (tenor), David Thomas (bass), The Parley of Instruments
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
From its style, this setting of Psalm 126 appears to be one of Monteverdi’s last pieces of church music, and possibly one of his last compositions. It is not found in the Selva morale but in the posthumous Messa a quattro voci et salmi, which suggests that it was written between 1641 and 1643. It is mainly constructed over a jaunty walking bass in the manner of a canzonetta, but at the word ‘surgite’ (‘get up’) the onward flow is interrupted by a series of fanfares passing from voice to voice which are themselves contrasted with a series of exquisite dissonances illustrating the word ‘doloris’ (‘misery’). The doxology contains two of Monteverdi’s favourite devices: cascades of ornaments at the word ‘Gloria’ followed by the traditional pun at ‘Sicut erat in principio’.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1981


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'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
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