Claudio Monteverdi: The Selva Morale e Spirituale Collection

Claudio Monteverdi: The Selva Morale e Spirituale Collection

by The Sixteen

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Claudio Monteverdi: The Selva Morale e Spirituale Collection

Between 2010 and 2013, Coro released Claudio Monteverdi's "Selva Morale e Spirituale" in three volumes, performed with scrupulous technique and polished sound by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. Published in 1641, this anthology of sacred music ranks second only to Monteverdi's "Vespro della Beata Vergine" of 1610 as a comprehensive survey of the various styles and forms that he employed and the innovations he brought to Baroque music. The set includes single-voice motets, madrigals, instrumental pieces, mass movements, psalms, and multiple settings of the Salve Regina and the Magnificat, representing both the prima pratica of Renaissance counterpoint and the seconda pratica that comprised Monteverdi's novel techniques, which included solo vocal music set to homophonic accompaniment, the use of basso continuo, and the expansion of tonality and harmony for heightened expressions. The three albums are packaged in a cardboard slip cover, with no additional concessions to collectability, and the discs have been reissued without changes. Even so, this is a terrific package for marking the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth, and The Sixteen's performances are transparent in texture and glorious in sonority, thanks in part to the high-quality recording in St. John's, Smith Square (Vol. 1) and St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (Vols. 2 and 3).

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2017
Label: Coro
UPC: 0828021615627
catalogNumber: 16156
Rank: 263184

Tracks

  1. Magnificat (I), for 8 voices, 2 violins and 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 281
  2. Salve Regina (III), for 3 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 285
  3. Laudate, pueri, Dominum (II), motet for 5 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 271
  4. Momento, et omnis mansuetudini eius, motet for 8 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 276
  5. Confitebor tibi, Domine II, motet for 3 voices & 2 violins (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 266
  6. È questa vita un lampo, motet for 5 voices (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 254
  7. Beatus Vir (II), motet for 5 voices (from Seva morale e spirituale), SV 269
  8. Pianto della Madonna, sacred song for voice & continuo (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 288
  9. Credidi propter quod locutus sum, motet for 8 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 275
  10. Magnificat (II), for 4 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 282
  11. Iste confessor Domini sacratus (II), motet for 2 sopranos & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 279
  12. Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes (II), motet for 8 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 273
  13. Dixit Dominus I, motet for 8 voices, 2 violins & 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 263
  14. Ab aeterno ordinata sum, motet for bass (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 262
  15. Et iterum venturus est (alternative parts for Credo section of Mass SV257), motet for 2 altos & bass (from Selva morale), SV 261
  16. Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, motet for solo voice (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 287
  17. Crucifixus (alternative parts for Credo section of Mass SV257), motet for 4 voices (from Selva morale), SV 259
  18. Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257: Agnus Dei
  19. Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257: Benedictus
  20. Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257: Sanctus
  21. Sanctorum meritis inclita gaudia (I), motet for soprano & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 277
  22. Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257: Credo
  23. Deus tuorum militum sors et corona, motet for alto, tenor, bass & 2 violins (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 280
  24. Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257: Gloria
  25. Mass for 4 voices da cappella, for 4 voices & organ (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 257: Kyrie
  26. Jubilet tota civitas, motet for soprano (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 286
  27. O ciechi il tanto affaticar che giova, motet for 5 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 252
  28. Confitebor tibi, Domine I, motet for 3 voices & 5-part chorus (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 265
  29. Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes (III), motet for 8 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 274
  30. Dixit Dominus (II) (alla breve), motet for 8 voices (from Messa a quatro voci, et Salmi), SV 192
  31. Salve Regina (II), for 2 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 284
  32. Laudate, pueri, Dominum (I), motet for 5 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 270
  33. Voi ch'ascoltate in rime sparse, motet for 5 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 253
  34. Confitebor tibi, Domine III (Terzo alla francese), motet for 5 voices/or 1 voice & 4 strings (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 267
  35. Gloria in excelsis Deo, motet for 7 voices, 2 violins & 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 258
  36. Beatus Vir (I), motet for 6 voices, 2 violins, 3 violas/trombones and continuo (from Seva morale e spirituale), SV 268
  37. Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes (I), motet for 5 voices, chorus, 2 violins & 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale e spiritual), SV 272
  38. Deus tuorum militum sors et corona, motet for tenor & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 278a
  39. Chi vol che m'innamori, motet for alto, tenor, bass & 3 strings (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 256

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