Monteverdi - Messa a Quattro voci et salmi of 1650 Volume 1 | Coro COR16142

Monteverdi - Messa a Quattro voci et salmi of 1650 Volume 1


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16142

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st April 2016



Monteverdiís 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 comprises some of the finest works from Monteverdiís years as director of music at St Markís in Venice, published posthumously in 1650 as the Messa a quattro voci et salmi.


Ö there is still no shortage of first-rate music here, dispelling any notion that the Messa et Salmi only consists of pieces that Monteverdi himself did not think were worthy of preserving for posterity, especially a virtuoso polyphonic setting of the psalm Laetatus Sum, and a wonderfully varied version of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, as well as the long, expressive lines of Cavalliís Magnificat. The Sixteenís performances have the groupís usual unfussy directness; the sound has no churchy over-resonance about it, either, so that the intricacies of the writing are always perfectly clear.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 25 March 2016

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