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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

The Sacred Music, Vol. 2

The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Super-Audio CD — Deleted
Recording details: February 2004
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: April 2004
Total duration: 66 minutes 9 seconds
Exultent caeli a 5  [3'49]
Venite, siccientes a 2  [5'10]
Currite populi a voce sola e B.c.  [4'00]
Ego dormio a 2 voci e B.c.  [3'08]
Messa a 4 da Cappella 1650
Kyrie  [4'02]
Gloria  [4'39]
Credo  [6'30]
Sanctus  [2'38]
Benedictus  [1'33]
Agnus Dei  [5'36]
Cantate Domino a 2 1615  [5'24]
O beatae viae a 2 voci  [5'39]
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes SV197  [3'01]
Letaniae della Beata Vergine a 6 voci  [11'00]

This second volume of Monteverdi’s sacred music focuses on works to be found in the 1650 publication Messa a quattro voci e salmi. Here we find a glorious Mass-setting (one of only three to have survived complete – the 1597 Mass is recorded on volume 1), and the composer’s well crafted response to the epic Litany of Loreto. The third work here with full choir is the five-part Exultent caeli, a suitably joyous little work published in 1629.

Distinguished soloists Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram, Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels, James Gilchrist and Peter Harvey share out the remaining works: the duets Venite, siccientes, Ego dormio, Cantate Domino and O beatae viae, and the solo pieces Currite populi and Laudate Dominum (sung by Gilchrist and Harvey, respectively).

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