The meticulous care with which Claudio Monteverdi oversaw the publication of his works quite probably explains the fact that, despite his 50 years of activity as a composer, relatively few of those works have survived to this day.
The fame enjoyed by this musician, however, (albeit controversial at the time) was sufficient to guarantee the preservation of a certain number of compositions, some of which occasionally wound up through clandestine means in the hands of contemporary anthologists whose collections were assured greater prestige by the inclusion of unpublished works by major composers. (Indeed, the publications of Bonometti, Calvi, Simonetti and others are still remembered today thanks to the presence of works by Monteverdi).
Given the unique circumstances surrounding the preservation of these works, it is difficult to determine when they were written (beyond setting a date ante quem for those works published during the composer”s lifetime), and for whom.
Nonetheless, thanks to their fragmentary and isolated aspect, and to the possibility they offer of a confrontation with analogous works by Monteverdi”s colleagues, these pieces present an exhaustive panorama of sacred music in the first half of the 17th century.
The eleven compositions included on this recording, all employing reduced forces (one or two voices and basso continuo), demonstrate three different attitudes toward the sacred repertoire the solemnity of the Hymn, the festive tone of the Antiphon, and the intimate atmosphere of the Motet.
(The terms used here should not be interpreted strictly in either a musicological or liturgical sense; they are merely intended to identify the particular stylistic genre lying at the root of the composer”s inspiration).
Intonation on the Seventh Tone
1 - Intonation on the Seventh Tone (0:31)
Ecce sacrum paratum convivium
2 - Ecce sacrum paratum convivium (5:42)
Salve o regina, SV 326
3 - Salve o regina, SV 326 (5:31)
Intonation on the Ninth Tone
4 - Intonation on the Ninth Tone (0:38)
Ego dormio et cor meum vigilat, SV 300
5 - Ego dormio et cor meum vigilat (3:19)
Ghirlanda sacra: O quam pulchra es anima mea, SV 317
6 - O quam pulchra es anima mea (5:42)
Ego flos campi, SV 301
7 - Ego flos campi, SV 301 (3:54)
Intonazione primo tono
8 - Intonazione primo tono (1:08)
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
9 - Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (3:02)
10 - Salve Regina (5:40)
Intonazione settimo tono
11 - Intonazione settimo tono (1:21)
Ghirlanda sacra: Currite, populi, psallite timpanis, SV 297
12 - Currite, populi, psallite timpanis, SV 297 (3:41)
Venite videte martirem, SV 336
13 - Venite videte martirem, SV 336 (7:01)
Intonation on the Eighth Tone
14 - Intonation on the Eighth Tone (0:31)
Exulta filia Sion, SV 303
15 - Exulta filia Sion, SV 303 (6:16)
Intonation on the Second Tone
16 - Intonation on the Second Tone (1:25)
Cantate Domino canticum novum, SV 292
17 - Cantate Domino canticum novum (5:48)
- Composer: MONTEVERDI CLAUDIO
- Performers: Ensemble “CONCERTO” – Soprano: Cristina Miatello, Alto: Caterina Calvi, enore: Vincenzo Manno e Emanuele De Checchi, Basso: Giovanni Faverio, Arpa doppia: Mara Galassi, Tiorba: Maurizio Martelli e Tiziano Bagnati, Arciliuto: Marco Fodella, Trombone basso: Massimo Cialfi, Viola da gamba, Violoncello: Sabina Colonna Preti, Organo: Roberto Gini
- Historical Period: Humanism and Renaissance
- Code: TC 561304
- Edition: 1991
- Barcode: 8007194100204
- Set: 1
- Total tracks: 17
- Total duration: 01:01:08