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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. This second volume of The Sixteen’s celebrated series includes the Messa à 4 da cappella.
Laudate Dominum: Terzo
Confitbor Tibi Domine: Primo
O Ciechi, Ciechi
Jubilet Tota Civitas
Messa À 4 Da Cappella: Kyrie
Messa À 4 Da Cappella: Gloria
Deus Tuorum Militum: Secondo
Messa À 4 Da Cappella: Credo
Sanctorum Meritis: Primo
Messa À 4 Da Cappella: Sanctus
Messa À 4 Da Cappella: Benedictus
Messa À 4 Da Cappella: Agnus Dei
Laudate Dominum In Sanctis Eius
Et Iterum Venturus Est
Ab Aeterno Ordinata Sum
Dixit Dominus: Primo
Harry Christophers discusses the Selva morale e spirituale series
“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 vocabulary that lends a tripping lightness to the performances that I find very British..The four-part Mass fares particularly well in the hands of The Sixteen...Its light instrumental continuo support is well chosen...and the acoustics of St Silas the Martyr in Kentish Town seem to be absolutely right for this ravishing music.”
“Vol 2 covers the most modern and old-fashioned compositions the elderly Monteverdi selected...choral refrains are supple, solos are sung eloquently and the Latin texts are communicated crisply.”
“the overall effect is lyrical, musical, intelligent and poised.”
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