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Track(s) taken from CDA67428

Christe redemptor omnium 'Himnus unius Martyris' 1640

Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1)
author of text
Hymn at First Vespers, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord

The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Recording details: February 2003
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2003
Total duration: 4 minutes 5 seconds

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The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)


'This is life-enhancing stuff, breathtakingly exciting at times, exquisitely beautiful at others. If King and his forces maintain the standard they set here, this series is surely set to be the definitive representation of Monteverdi on disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The King's Consort shows complete affinity with both the dramatic and the lyrical aspects of Monteverdi's style. No ensemble could be better suited to this magnificent undertaking' (The Daily Telegraph)

'…one of the glories of the new disc is the gloriously full-toned and marvelously projected singing of his two sopranos, Carolyn Sampson and Rebecca Outram … A further distinct plus is Hyperion's superb engineering, which presents the performances with glowing, yet sharply defined immediacy' (Fanfare, USA)

'…a highly successful opening instalment' (Goldberg)

'This music is already familiar from other recordings of Venetian vespers, yet these are magisterial performances, the Christmas setting giving them an appropriately festive focus' (Early Music)
While the psalm settings of the Selva morale are scored for large groups of voices, the seven hymns are scored mainly for one or two voices with violins; only this one is for three voices, with violins playing both within the setting and between the verses. In the Selva it appears with the text ‘Deus tuorum militum’ underlaid, but Monteverdi indicates that it can be used for any hymn in the same metre. Here it is performed with the text of the Office Hymn for Christmas Vespers, ‘Christe redemptor omnium’.

from notes by John Whenham © 2003

Alors que les psaumes des Selva morale sont orchestrés pour des forces importantes, les sept hymnes sont conçus essentiellement pour une ou deux voix avec violons; seul celui-ci est à trois voix, avec les violons jouant à la fois durant les passages où le texte est mis en musique et durant les interludes. Dans les Selva, cet hymne est publié avec le texte «Deus tuorum militum» souligné, mais Monteverdi indique qu’il peut être utilisé pour tout autre hymne d’une même métrique. Sur le disque que voici, il est exécuté sur le texte de l’hymne de l’office des Vêpres de Noël, «Christe redemptor omnium».

extrait des notes rédigées par John Whenham © 2003
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Während die Psalmvertonungen der Selva morale für große Stimmgruppen komponiert sind, kommen in den sieben Hymnuskompositionen jeweils nur eine oder zwei Stimmen mit Violinen zum Einsatz; nur dieser Hymnus ist für drei Stimmen komponiert, wobei die Violinen sowohl zusammen mit den Singstimmen als auch zwischen den Versen spielen. In der Selva morale ist der Text „Deus tuorum militum“ unterlegt, jedoch gibt Monteverdi an, dass die Vertonung für alle Hymnen mit dem entsprechenden Metrum verwendet werden kann. Auf der vorliegenden CD erklingt sie mit dem Text des Hymnus des Offiziums der Weihnachtsvesper, „Christe redemptor omnium“.

aus dem Begleittext von John Whenham © 2003
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Other albums featuring this work

Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67428Super-Audio CD — Deleted
The King's Consort Collection
KING7Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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