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Laudate Dominum omnes gentes III 1640
The very brevity of the text of ‘Laudate Dominum’ (two verses plus the ‘Gloria Patri’) posed a problem for the composer. In this setting from the Selva morale Monteverdi solved the problem by turning the text into a dramatic dialogue between the two sopranos (perhaps representing angels) and the remainder of the ensemble. The sopranos enjoin the people to praise the Lord, but are at first met only by the single word ‘quoniam’, which in this context becomes a question – ‘because?’. Only after the sopranos answer this question, by singing the words of verse 2 – ‘quoniam confirmata est …’ (‘Because his mercy upon us is confirmed …’) – do ‘the people’ respond at greater length, at first seeking further confirmation, and then singing the complete psalm text, verse 1 as a full eight-part ensemble, verse 2 in two four-part choirs each led by one of the sopranos. The ‘Gloria Patri’ is then sung by the two sopranos alone, cadencing in a way that seems to fade into the distance.

from notes by John Whenham © 2010

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Details for SACDA67519 track 12
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 12
    Release date: November 2005
  2. Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 4 (SACDA67519)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: November 2005
    Deletion date: October 2010
    Super-Audio CD — Deleted
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