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Monteverdi: Sacred Music Vol 2 / Robert King, King's Consort

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Exultent caeli et gaudeant angeli, motet for 5 voices, SV 304
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Venite siccientes ad acquas Domini
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Currite populi, psallite timpanis, motet for tenor, SV 297
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ego dormio et cor meum vigilat, motet for soprano and bass, SV 300
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Messa da capella a 4
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Cantata Domino canticum novum, motet, version for 2 voices, SV 292
>Monteverdi, Claudio : O beatae viae, O felices gressus, motet for 2 sopranos, SV 312
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate Dominum, O omnes gentes, motet for bass (from Messa a quatro voci, et Salmi), SV 197
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laetaniae della Beata Vergine, motet for 6 voices (from Messa a quatro voci, et Salmi), SV 204
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Notes & Reviews:

"As we expect from Robert King, the performances are beautifully polished and refined. The vocal soloists, all of them accomplished early-music singers, make the dauntingly virtuosic lines sound almost easy, and the instrumental playing is always clean and stylish." - Gatens, American Record Guide

'Sumptuous surround sound and full-blooded performances from Robert King and Co. combine to thrilling effect in the second release in their fabulous Monteverdi cycle' (Classic FM Magazine)

'... there are joys here to melt icebergs ... I want Volume 3 immediately' (The Times)

'Monteverdi is one of those composers who really does merit a complete recording of his output. The sacred works have been a little neglected, and this splendid new series, with its informed and intelligent booklet notes, is putting things right' (BBC Music Magazine)

'I'll say it straight out: the result is truly exciting! The music is magnificent, and so is the interpretation ... The architecture of the programme is particularly remarkable, and the album is built on balance, variety, contrast' (Goldberg Early Music Magazine)

'Where this new disc really comes into its own is in the small-scale motets, where King's outstanding roster of soloists would be exceedingly difficult to better ... The rarely performed motets alone should ensure the present disc its place in any Monteverdi collection, while John Whenham's notes prove as valuable an asset as those Michael Talbot provided for King's Vivaldi sacred music traversal' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is an absolutely crack team of soloists, all of whom are completely at home in Monteverdi's idiom. The tenors in particular luxuriate in the ornamental roulades ...' (Early Music)

'En effet, c'est avec un tact et une finesse sans précédent que King mène son corpus instrumental ... La douceur séraphique de Sampson et Outram dans le Venite, Siccientes n'a d'équivalent que la parfaite maîrise de la diction, des sons enflés et de la souplesse de ces voix' (Classica, France)

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Paul Tindall, Andrew Tortise, Roy Rashbrook, Mark Dobell, Daniel Auchincloss, Tom Phillips , Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels , James Gilchrist , Angus Smith (tenor); Stephen Carter , Robin Blaze , Ian Aitkenhead (countertenor); Lynda Sayce, Eligio Quinteiro (chitarrone); Timothy Amherst (violone); Andrea Morris, Simon Jones (violin); Abigail Newman, Tom Lees (tenor sackbut); Adrian France (sackbut); Gary Cooper (organ).

Recording information: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, E (02/10/2003-02/15/2003).



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>Monteverdi, Claudio : Exultent caeli et gaudeant angeli, motet for 5 voices, SV 304
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Charles Daniels; Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Tenor); King's Consort Choir
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1629
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Venite siccientes ad acquas Domini
  • Performers: Gary Cooper (Organ); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Soprano); King's Consort Choir; Rebecca Outram (Soprano); Eligio Quinteiro (Chitarrone); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Lynda Sayce (Chitarrone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1624
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Currite populi, psallite timpanis, motet for tenor, SV 297
  • Performers: Gary Cooper (Organ); James Gilchrist (Tenor); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Chitarrone); King's Consort Choir; Eligio Quinteiro (Chitarrone); Lynda Sayce (Chitarrone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1625
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ego dormio et cor meum vigilat, motet for soprano and bass, SV 300
  • Performers: Gary Cooper (Organ); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Chitarrone); King's Consort Choir; Eligio Quinteiro (Chitarrone); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Lynda Sayce (Chitarrone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1625
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Messa da capella a 4
  • Performers: Gary Cooper (Organ); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Charles Daniels; James Gilchrist (Tenor); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Soprano); King's Consort Choir; Rebecca Outram (Soprano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1650
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Cantata Domino canticum novum, motet, version for 2 voices, SV 292
  • Performers: Gary Cooper (Organ); Charles Daniels; James Gilchrist (Tenor); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Chitarrone); King's Consort Choir; Eligio Quinteiro (Chitarrone); Lynda Sayce (Chitarrone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1615
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : O beatae viae, O felices gressus, motet for 2 sopranos, SV 312
  • Performers: Gary Cooper (Organ); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Soprano); King's Consort Choir; Rebecca Outram (Soprano); Eligio Quinteiro (Chitarrone); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Lynda Sayce (Chitarrone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1620
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate Dominum, O omnes gentes, motet for bass (from Messa a quatro voci, et Salmi), SV 197
  • Performers: Gary Cooper (Organ); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Chitarrone); King's Consort Choir; Eligio Quinteiro (Chitarrone); Lynda Sayce (Chitarrone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1650
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laetaniae della Beata Vergine, motet for 6 voices (from Messa a quatro voci, et Salmi), SV 204
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Charles Daniels; James Gilchrist (Tenor); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Robert King (Harpsichord); King's Consort (Tenor); King's Consort Choir; Rebecca Outram (Soprano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1650
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio