Album DescriptionMonteverdi’s sacred vocal compositions introduced the expression of powerful and personal emotions to the world of church music. Whilst it took him a number of years to find fulfilment in his work, Monteverdi was a revered composer within his lifetime and his music is regarded as revolutionary, marking the change from the Renaissance style to that of the Baroque. This album includes some of the finest works from Monteverdi’s years as director of music at St Mark’s in Venice, published posthumously in 1650 as the Messa a quattro voci et salmi.
The Sixteen’s 2014 recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award this year and the choir’s acclaimed Selva morale e spirituale series is also available on CORO.
Reviews'Pure - and vintage - Monteverdi, starting with a Dixit Dominus and ending, grandly with a version of Beatus Vir, using material we know from the familiar one. Ideal consort singing.' The Sunday Times, Culture Magazine
'The Sixteen's complete recording of the Selva morale collection has been praised in these pages, and the qualities of ensemble are certainly worth noting here also. They are heard to best effect in the more richly scored pieces: the five-voice Laetatus sum and Laudate pueri, for example, or the Cavalli Magnificat.' Gramophone
'As always with The Sixteen, we get superb tuning, balanced ensemble work and a lively pace - as evidenced by the fluency of the transitions from duple to triple time in Confitebor and the nimble choral singing of the rapid passages in Lauda Jerusalem.' BBC Music Magazine
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
1. Dixit Dominus (Primo) a 8 SV191
2. Confitebor tibi Domine (Secondo) a due voci SV194
3. Lauda Jerusalem a 3 SV202
Francesco Cavalli (1602-76)
5. Laetatus sum a 5 SV199
6. Nisi Dominus a 3 SV200
7. Laudate pueri a 5 SV196
8. Laetaniae della Beata Vergine a 6 SV204
9. Beatus Vir a 7 SV195
Total Playing Time: 71.29