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Track(s) taken from CDH55345

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, SV197

Basso solo; setting IV; from Messa a quattro voci e salmi (1650)
author of text
Psalm 116 (117)

David Thomas (bass), The Parley of Instruments
Recording details: February 1981
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 1985
Total duration: 2 minutes 45 seconds

Cover artwork: Angel playing a rebec (c1500). A linden-wood sculpture statuette, South German
Reproduced by courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collections, New York

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The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)


'There are few records of Monteverdi's solo vocal music as persuasive as this … superb' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
This concise but vivid setting of the very short Psalm 116 is found in two posthumous sources: a simple version in Gasparo Casati’s Raccolta di motetti a 1, 2, 3 voci (1651) and a more ornamented one in the Messa a quattro voci et salmi of the same year. The latter probably has more authority and must be closer to what a contemporary singer would have sung. The doxology (‘Gloria Patri’) is set to a descending chord sequence heard three times in F major and then three times in A minor—another example of Monteverdi’s preoccupation with ground-bass techniques in his later music.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1981

Cette adaptation concise mais frappante du très court Psaume 116 se trouve dans deux sources posthumes: une version simple dans la Raccolta di motetti a 1, 2, 3 voci (1651) de Gasparo Casati, et une version plus ornée dans la Messa a quattro voci et salmi de la même année. Cette dernière source semble plus autorisée et est certainement plus proche de ce qu’un interprète de l’époque aurait chanté. La doxologie («Gloria Patri») est mise en musique sur une suite d’accords descendants que l’on entend trois fois en fa majeur, puis trois fois en la mineur—autre exemple de la préoccupation de Monteverdi des techniques de basse obstinée dans la musique de ses dernières années.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Holman © 1981
Français: Madeleine Jay

Diese knappe, aber lebhafte Vertonung des sehr kurzen Psalms 116 tritt in zwei posthum veröffentlichten Quellen auf: eine einfache Version in Gasparo Casatis Raccolta di motetti a 1, 2, 3 voci (1651), und eine verziertere Form in der Messa a quattro voci et salmi des gleichen Jahres. Die letztgenannte Quelle wahrscheinlich die größere Autorität besitzt. Außerdem scheint sie besser wiederzugeben, was ein zeitgenössischer Sänger gesungen hätte. Die Doxologie („Gloria Patri“) enthält eine abfallende Akkordfolge, die dreimal in F-Dur und dann dreimal in a-Moll erseheint wieder ein Beispiel für Monteverdis Beschäftigung mit der Grundbaßtechnik in seiner späteren Musik.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Holman © 1981
Deutsch: Meckie Hellary

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Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 2
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music, Vol. 2
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