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Monteverdi - Selva morale e spirituale Volume II

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

The Sixteen


Harry Christophers


The Sixteen



Venue:

St Silas The Martyr, Kentish Town, London

May & Nov 2011

Producer:

Raphael Mouterde



Engineer:

Andrew Mellor



Record Label
Coro Records

Genre:

Baroque


Early Music

Total Time - 70:21
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CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

1 

Laudate Dominum (Terzo)

4:19
2 

Confitebor tibi Domine (Primo)

8:08
3 

O ciechi, ciechi

3:50
4 

Jubilet tota civitas

5:01
5 

Kyrie from Messa à 4 da cappella

2:38
6 

Gloria from Messa à 4 da cappella

3:20
7 

Deus tuorum militum (Secondo)

2:33
8 

Credo from Messa à 4 da cappella

5:52
9 

Sanctorum meritis (Primo)

4:43
10 

Sanctus from Messa à 4 da cappella

2:28
11 

Benedictus from Messa à 4 da cappella

1:23
12 

Agnus Dei from Messa à 4 da cappella

2:14
13 

Crucifixus

2:08
14 

Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius

4:14
15 

Et iterum venturus est

1:32
16 

Ab aeterno ordinata sum

6:48
17 

Dixit Dominus (Primo)

9:10
   


Without doubt, Monteverdi was the greatest of the early baroque European composers. He revolutionised the music of the theatre and the church by his dramatic and imaginative use of voices and instruments and by his daring harmonies and rhythms. Next to his Vespers of 1610, the Selva morale e spirituale of 1641 is his most significant and virtuosic collection of sacred music. The works featured on this second volume are both demanding and exhilarating: from the rhythmic vitality of the eight-part Dixit Dominus to the relative simplicity of the full choir’s rendering of his old style Messa à 4 da cappella, and culminating in the extraordinary bass solo, Ab aeterno ordinata sum.
 

"...Highly recommended."

Clifford Bartlett - Early Music Review - Ocotber 2012
 


               ***** - Very Good

Pierre Schwickerath - Pizzicato magazine - September 2012


"...For the exquisite performances, this series gains a special place..."

J F Weber - Fanfare - September/October 2012
 


               Performance ****      Recording ****

"...lyrical, musical intelligent and poised."

Anthony Pryer - BBC Music Magazine - September 2012


                        *****      Exceptional

Marco Bizzarini - Musica magazine - July/August 2012


"... Vol 2 covers the most modern and old-fashioned compositions the elderly Monteverdi selected. Twenty singers join together in a shapely performance of an a cappella four-part Mass in the stile antico, whereas elaborate concertato psalms such as ’Confitebor tibi Domine (promo)’ are sung by just eight singers, with high tenors sailing smoothly on the alto lines; choral refrains are supple, solos are sung eloquently and the Latin texts are communicated crisply..."

David Vickers - Gramophone magazine - August 2012


"This is another fine volume in the Sixteen’s survey of the Selva morale e spirituale ... There is a sense of a deep familiarity with the music in this recording, a feeling of easiness with Monteverdi’s harmonic and, especially, rhythmic volcabulary that lends a tripping lightness to the performances ... the acoustics of St Silas the Martyr in Kentish Town seem to be absolutely right for this ravishing music."

Ivan Moody - International Record Review - June 2012




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