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Monteverdi: Sancta Maria - Sacred Works


Release Date: 11/06/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 458829  
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Jonathan BielbyRobert BishopBenjamin OdomMichael Turner,   ... 
Conductor:  George GuestBernard RoseChristopher HogwoodJohn Eliot Gardiner,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College ChoirAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields membersMagdalen College Choir Oxford,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  2 Hours  6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This record of church music by Monteverdi was first issued nearly 12 years ago and was well received then. Certainly I enjoyed it very much, not least because it contains music which we hear all too seldom. The largestscale piece here is the four-part Mass, published in 1651, seven years after Monteverdi's death. Its apparent simplicity belies a need for great technical expertise on the part of the boys' choir; that of St John's measures up to the work comfortably and I enjoyed their dependability and assurance. The recorded sound seemed a little congested though, and compared with the remainder of the programme was a shade disappointing.

The second side of the record contains two motets and another four-part Mass. First is
Read more the sparkling setting of Psalm 113, Laudate Pueri, which recalls vividly the composer's secular style. The singing here, both choral and ensemble, is very good indeed—fresh, lively and accurate. Then follows a small but engaging Latin hymn for the birthday of St John the Baptist, Ut queant laxis. The three-verse setting is for two treble voices with strings and continuo and opens with some characteristic Monteverdi modulations. This writing reminds us of the debt which the French seventeenth-century composer Charpentier owed to Italian church music of this period and a little later. Lastly comes the 1640 four-part Mass, simpler in harmony and in sentiment than that of 1651 and more immediately appealing. The author of the sleeve-note regards the work rather severely but I found the neo-Palestrina polyphony and comparative archaism most appealing. Singing such as we have here serves the music well; likewise the accoustic of the chapel of St John's College, Cambridge. A welcome reissue.

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Works on This Recording

1. Laudate pueri by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Jonathan Bielby (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
2. Selva morale e spirituale: Ut queant laxis by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Robert Bishop (Tenor), Benjamin Odom (Treble), Jonathan Bielby (Organ),
Michael Turner (Treble), Peter Birts (Tenor), Gareth Keene (Bass)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields members,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
3. Missa de capella a 6 "In illo tempore" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Jonathan Bielby (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Mantua, Italy 
4. Laudate Dominum by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Simon Cooper (Treble), Richard Gowman (Organ), Stuart Leask (Treble)
Conductor:  Bernard Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
5. Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
6. Sancta Maria, succurre miseris by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1627; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1980 
7. Salve, O regina by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Nigel Rogers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1624; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1980 
8. Exulta, filia Sion by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Nigel Rogers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1980 
9. Cantate Domino by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Simon Carrington (Double bass), Andrew Davis (Organ), Christopher van Kempen (Cello)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
10. Domine, ne in furore by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Simon Carrington (Double bass), Andrew Davis (Organ), Christopher van Kempen (Cello)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1620; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1969 
11. Adoramus te, Christe by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Simon Carrington (Double bass), Andrew Davis (Organ), Christopher van Kempen (Cello)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
Written: pub 1620 
Date of Recording: 1969 
12. Exultent caeli by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Malcolm Hicks (Organ), Martyn Hill (Tenor), John Angelo Messana (Alto),
Richard Seal (Organ), James Tyler (Chitarrone), Jennifer Ward-Clarke (Cello)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
13. Magnificat I by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Colin Mawby (Organ)
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carmelite Priory Choir
Period: Baroque 
14. Salve regina by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

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