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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

The Sacred Music, Vol. 4

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 Jonathan Stokes
Release date: November 2005
Total duration: 68 minutes 1 seconds
Salve regina 1625  [4'20]

Charles Daniels (tenor)
Domine, ne in furore 1620  [2'45]

King's Consort Choir
Salve regina I 1640  [8'39]

James Gilchrist (tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor)
Dixit Dominus II 1650  [5'26]

King's Consort Choir
Sanctorum meritis II 1641  [3'20]

Charles Daniels (tenor)
Adoramus te Christe SV289  [4'35]

King's Consort Choir
Exulta, filia Sion  [5'07]

James Gilchrist (tenor)
Magnificat II 1640  [9'26]

King's Consort Choir
Salve, o regina, o mater  [5'00]

James Gilchrist (tenor)

It has been almost a year since the last release in this series, but from the very first bar of the Laetatus sum setting which opens this new volume the wait seems to have been worth it: over a swaggering bass ostinato Monteverdi weaves an exuberant array of melodies—with widely contrasted instruments and voices—to draw us once more into the world of Venetian extravagance.

The programme continues with a range of motets, the forces called upon varying from solo voice in the declamatory Salve regina to multiple soloists and polychoral opulence in the Beatus vir setting.

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