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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)

Recordings
'Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music' (CDH55345)
Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music
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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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Details
Track 8 on CDA67487 [6'57]
Track 8 on SACDA67487 [6'57] Super-Audio CD — Last few CD copies remaining
Track 8 on CDH55345 [6'58] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

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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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Details for SACDA67487 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-48708
Duration
6'57
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 & Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3 (CDA67487)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2004
  2. Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 3 (SACDA67487)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2004
    Super-Audio CD — Last few CD copies remaining
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