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Monteverdi: Selva Morale e Spirituale, Vol. 2 / The Sixteen - Christophers

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>Monteverdi, Claudio : Selva morale e spirituale
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Confitebor tibi, Domine I, motet for 3 voices & 5-part chorus (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 2
>Monteverdi, Claudio : O ciechi il tanto affaticar che giova, motet for 5 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spiritual
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Jubilet tota civitas, motet for soprano (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 286
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Deus tuorum militum sors et corona, motet for alto, tenor, bass & 2 violins (from Selva morale et sp
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Sanctorum meritis inclita gaudia (I), motet for soprano & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale)
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Crucifixus (alternative parts for Credo section of Mass SV257), motet for 4 voices (from Selva moral
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, motet for solo voice (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 287
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Et iterum venturus est (alternative parts for Credo section of Mass SV257), motet for 2 altos & bass
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ab aeterno ordinata sum, motet for bass (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 262
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus I, motet for 8 voices, 2 violins & 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale et spirituale

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Selva morale e spirituale
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Confitebor tibi, Domine I, motet for 3 voices & 5-part chorus (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 2
>Monteverdi, Claudio : O ciechi il tanto affaticar che giova, motet for 5 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spiritual
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Jubilet tota civitas, motet for soprano (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 286
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Deus tuorum militum sors et corona, motet for alto, tenor, bass & 2 violins (from Selva morale et sp
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Sanctorum meritis inclita gaudia (I), motet for soprano & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale)
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Crucifixus (alternative parts for Credo section of Mass SV257), motet for 4 voices (from Selva moral
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, motet for solo voice (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 287
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Et iterum venturus est (alternative parts for Credo section of Mass SV257), motet for 2 altos & bass
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ab aeterno ordinata sum, motet for bass (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 262
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus I, motet for 8 voices, 2 violins & 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale et spirituale
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Without doubt, Monteverdi was the greatest of the early Baroque European composers. He revolutionized 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; the celebrated first volume is also available on CORO.

International Record Review
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.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2012
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.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
The overall effect is lyrical, musical, intelligent and poised.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (05/2011/11/2011).



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>Monteverdi, Claudio : Selva morale e spirituale
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Confitebor tibi, Domine I, motet for 3 voices & 5-part chorus (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 2
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : O ciechi il tanto affaticar che giova, motet for 5 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spiritual
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Jubilet tota civitas, motet for soprano (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 286
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Deus tuorum militum sors et corona, motet for alto, tenor, bass & 2 violins (from Selva morale et sp
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Sanctorum meritis inclita gaudia (I), motet for soprano & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Crucifixus (alternative parts for Credo section of Mass SV257), motet for 4 voices (from Selva moral
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, motet for solo voice (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 287
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Et iterum venturus est (alternative parts for Credo section of Mass SV257), motet for 2 altos & bass
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ab aeterno ordinata sum, motet for bass (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 262
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus I, motet for 8 voices, 2 violins & 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale et spirituale
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640