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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: 6 minutes 58 seconds

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

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

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Nisi Dominus, SV200
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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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: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3' (CDA67487)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3
'Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3' (SACDA67487)
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3
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