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Magnificat II 1640
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The singing of the Magnificat, the Canticle of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1: 46–55), formed the climax, though not the end, of Vespers, and during its singing the altar was ceremonially censed. This second Magnificat setting from the Selva morale, in complete contrast to the opulence of the first (see volume 1), is for choir alone, in the ‘old style’, with the organ line merely doubling the lowest vocal part. In the context of the Selva morale the two settings were no doubt intended to demonstrate that Monteverdi was equally expert in both styles. Here he sets only the even-numbered verses, leaving the others to be chanted to the plainsong psalm tone for Mode 1, which he also uses, though not rigidly, in his settings of the other verses.

from notes by John Whenham © 2005

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67519 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-51910
Duration
9'26
Recording date
18 February 2004
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Jonathan Stokes
Hyperion usage
  1. Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 4 (CDA67519)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 2005
  2. Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 4 (SACDA67519)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 2005
    Deletion date: October 2010
    Super-Audio CD — Deleted
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