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Ab aeterno ordinata sum, SV262
motetto a voce sola in basso; from Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1)
author of text
Proverbs 8: 23-31

'Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music' (CDH55345)
Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music
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Ab aeterno ordinata sum, SV262
This impressive setting for bass voice and continuo of a poetic description of the creation of the world from the Book of Proverbs is in the heroic style associated with deities in early opera. A comparison with Laudate Dominum, Monteverdi’s only other motet for bass voice, suggests that Ab aeterno is considerably the earlier of the two, and may date from about the same period as his great operatic bass roles, Charon in Orfeo (1607), and Pluto in both Orfeo and Il ballo delle Ingrate.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1981

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55345 track 7
Recording date
3 February 1981
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (CDA66021)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: April 1985
    Deletion date: November 2007
    Superseded by CDH55345
  2. Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (CDH55345)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: March 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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