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Monteverdi: 'Messa a Quattro Voci et Salmi of 1650

Magazine article Gramophone

Monteverdi: 'Messa a Quattro Voci et Salmi of 1650

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Monteverdi

'Messa a quattro voci et salmi of 1650, Vol T Cavalli Magnificat Monteverdi Beatus vir a 7. Confitebor tibi Domine (secondo) a due voci. Dixit Dominus (primo) a 8. Laudate pueri a 5. Laetaniae della Beata Vergine a 6. Laetatus sum a 5. Lauda Jerusalem a 3. Nisi Dominus a 3

The Sixteen / Harry Christophers Coro (F) COR16142 (71' * DDD * T/t)

Posthumous prints of music by the recently deceased often consist of offcuts and dredgings-up from the bottom of the drawer, not to say spurious pieces. Published in 1650, seven years after Monteverdi's death, the Messa a quatro voci et salmi is an exception, its contents fine enough to have secured a foothold on disc. Here, The Sixteen plug a gap in the current discography by offering the entire set (a companion volume is anticipated). They include Cavalli's fine Magnificat, which appears in the print but was omitted on the only previous 'complete' recording of which I am aware (in any case no longer readily available). …

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