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Monteverdi: Sacred Music Vol 4 / Robert King, King's Consort

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laetatus sum
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Salve Regina, motet for tenor, SV 327
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Domine, ne in furore
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Salve Regina (I), for 2 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 283
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus (II) (alla breve), motet for 8 voices (from Messa a quatro voci, et Salmi), SV 192
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Sanctorum meritis inclita gaudia (II), motet for tenor & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale),
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Christe, adoramus te a 5
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Beatus vir
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Exulta filia Sion, madrigal for soprano, SV 303
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Magnificat (II), for 4 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 282
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Salve, O regina
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Selva morale e spirituale
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Notes & Reviews:

Surprisingly, it has been almost a year since the last release in The King's Consorts Monteverdi Sacred Music series. However, from the very first bar of the Laetatus sum setting which opens this new volume, the wait seems to have been worth it. Over a swaggering bass ostinato, Monteverdi weaves an exuberant array of melodies - with widely contrasted instruments and voices - to draw us once more into the world of Venetian extravagance. This new recording will be available shortly in Hybrid Multi-channel SACD format.

'This magnificent series goes from strength to strength, each fresh instalment reaching even more stratospheric standards of excellence than its predecessor' (The Daily Telegraph)

'I'm inclined to think this superbly engineered disc the most successful issue yet in a splendid series. Fervently recommended' (Goldberg Early Music Magazine)

'The King's Consort has grown in confidence in this music as the recordings progress; each of these pieces is a joy. The soloists are uniformly excellent, with James Gilchrist comining into his own ... These are Rolls-Royce recordings, drawing on the very best of British musicians and recording experience. Even the ripieno choir is peopled with some of the country's most experienced singers' (Early Music)

'Robert King's essential exploration of Monteverdi offers yet more evidence of the master's genius. Here the familiar sits with lesser known settings of sacred settings, all works of staggering beauty. King and the soloists capture the essence of this music, with outstanding contributions from Carolyn Sampson, Charles Daniels and James Gilchrist' (The Independent)

'The opening Laetatus sum is irresistible - typical in its bounce and clarity of every track in the fourth volume of the King's Consort's survey of sacred Monteverdi ... Monteverdi collectors shouldn't hesitate' (The Times)

'This series of recordings is proving to be the definitive account of the neglected side of Monteverdi's genius, and one that's unlikely to be surpassed in range and quality for many years' (BBC Music Magazine)

'All played and sung with style' (The Sunday Times)

'Robert King never rushes the music but cannily treads the fine line between dizzying excitement and authoritative splendour. Even if you already admire seminal recordings of Monteverdi sacred music by the likes of Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel and Rinaldo Alessandrini, there are plenty of less familiar gems included that make this series essential' (Gramophone)

BBC Music Magazine
The disc opens with a splendid Laetatus sum for six solo singers, choir and instruments. ... the tenor in Salve, o Regina delivers some wonderfully impassioned decoration, and the sopranos in the final Laudate Dominum are flashingly bright throughout and end on a perfect unison. Nor should we forget the instrumentalists: the violinists in Sanctorum meritis dance their way through the music in a way that transfigures the bare notes on the page.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The fourth volume of Robert King's exploration of Monteverdi's sacred music continues to mix pieces from different sources: the composer's authorised collection Selva morale e spirituale, the posthumous Venetian collection Messa aquattro voci e salmi, and various Italian anthologies. The beginning of Laetatus sum I instantly establishes the impeccable technical credentials of these stunning performances. The organ and chitarrone continuo is steady and sure-footed, joined a few bars later by a flamboyant violin duel stunningly dispatched by Simon Jones and Andrea Morris, and then crowned with a glorious duet by Carolyn Sampson and Rebecca Outram. The Choir of The King's Consort reinforce tutti passages with some splendid contributions and meet the florid, extrovert eightpart writing in Dixit Dominus II with colourful commitment. In the motet Adoramus te, Christe - not to be confused with the comparably beautiful but better known Christe adoramus, te - the choir shows its skill at gentler music, although I wonder if the use of solo voices might have been equally attractive and closer to what Monteverdi would have expected.

Charles Daniels and James Gilchrist beautifully judge several intimate tenor solos; Gilchrist's glorious and heartfelt singing in Salveregina I features some wonderful echo contributions from Daniels. Their tender communication of the text and sweet high registers consolidate their status as the finest English tenors of their type. Robert King never rushes the music but cannily treads the fine line between dizzying excitement and authoritative splendour. Even if you already admire seminal recordings of Monteverdi sacred music by the likes of Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel and Rinaldo Alessandrini, there are plenty of less familiar gems included that make this series essential.



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>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laetatus sum
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); James Gilchrist (Tenor); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Cecilia Osmond (Soprano); Rebecca Outram (Soprano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1650

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Salve Regina, motet for tenor, SV 327
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1625

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Domine, ne in furore
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1620

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Salve Regina (I), for 2 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 283
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus (II) (alla breve), motet for 8 voices (from Messa a quatro voci, et Salmi), SV 192
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1650

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Sanctorum meritis inclita gaudia (II), motet for tenor & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale),
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Christe, adoramus te a 5
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1620

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Beatus vir
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); James Gilchrist (Tenor); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Cecilia Osmond (Soprano); Rebecca Outram (Soprano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1630

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Exulta filia Sion, madrigal for soprano, SV 303
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1629

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Magnificat (II), for 4 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 282
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Salve, O regina
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1624

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Selva morale e spirituale
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); James Gilchrist (Tenor); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Cecilia Osmond (Soprano); Rebecca Outram (Soprano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude-On-The-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (02/12/2004-12/18/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640