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Monteverdi: Masses Original recording reissued

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Product details

  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (1 July 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00009WQVB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cantate domine - Motet
  2. Kyrie
  3. Gloria
  4. Credo
  5. Sanctus
  6. Benedictus
  7. Agnus Dei
  8. Domine, Ne in Furore - Motet
  9. Kyrie
  10. Gloria
  11. Credo
  12. Sanctus
  13. Benedictus
  14. Agnus Dei 1
  15. Agnus Dei 2

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Monteverdi's Vespers at once got me heavily interested in church music in 2001. Since then I listened thousands cd's and bought hundreds of them, all filled with heavenly church music. However, Monteverdi's Vespers were never dethroned from the top of my favourites list. The music is incredible catchy and composed on the crossroads of Renaissance and Baroque, it has the style-forms of both periods mixed in it, like Gregorian, polyphony and opera, which also makes it a very varied piece of work. I listened to many performances and this one by The Sixteen is on top. Energetic and moving, a perfect choir, also fine instruments and good acoustics, a very clear and balanced production. Everytime I listen to it, the sheer beauty of this music brings me to tears. Strange enough, from the extensive catalogue of The Sixteen, this sublime cd is one of the most difficult to get for a long time now. Here in Holland it is even impossible, thank heaven there's Amazon...
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A superb recording of two beautiful masses in contrasting styles. The "Missa in illo tempore" is very much a Renaissance mass whereas the four voice mass has the more flamboyant traits of the baroque era. Both are wonderfuly crafted pieces, the voices blending perfectly in seamless polyphonic waves. The beauty of the music is simply awesome. Glorious sonorities.
This CD is a real delight an absolute gem.
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This is a very beautiful, serene and peaceful album. The Sixteen have exquisitely captured the magic of Monteverdi. The attention to detail is obvious resulting in an almost hypnotic, calming album. A real tribute to Monteverdi.
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I'm a "Sixteen" fan another recording that matches their usual perfection. Amazing how it calms down my driving in sleepy Dorset.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening to this streaming through my iPhone while on a morning walk is like walking with the Angels. 1 Nov. 2016
By Vada Hays - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing recording 18 April 1999
By gks5q@virginia.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording has grown on me. At first I was confused, because Christophers uses such an unusual performing edition of this Vespro that it is almost unrecognizable. But the choral singing here is very beautiful, so this bizarre Vespro has finally won me over. Some of the solo voices are not the most distinctive, but they don't have much to sing, since Christophers gives us a choral version of this masterpiece; so ultimately the somewhat unexciting solo singing is not a major drawback. In this regard I must say that I will never understand one thing: how can a director use any male soloist other than Mark Padmore when Mark Padmore is available. Here Nigra Sum, for example, is sung by Andrew Murgatroyd - and who in the world is Murgatroyd and why did he deserve the honor? So Nigra Sum doesn't sound like much. But then Duo Seraphim sounds like a real winner - one truly terrific track in the entire recording. And why? Because it's got Mark Padmore in it. Of course, this is just my rookie opinion. Murgatroyd sings Nigra Sum on Rene Jacobs' recording of the Vespro as well, so there must be something to his singing that gets him votes more important than mine.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monteverdi Looks Backward 9 Oct. 2008
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If I played this CD blind (skipping the two motets) for almost any aficionado of 'early music' and asked who the composer was, I doubt many listeners would guess Claudio Monteverdi. The two masses recorded here are pure 'Franco-Flemish' polyphony, composed in what Monteverdi himself retrospectively called "prima prattica" - first practice - constructed around the tenor and without a hint of basso continuo. Such music was totally out of fashion by the beginning of the 17th Century, replaced as the standard of composition by the new forms of the oratorio, and displaced from the liturgical celebration of the mass by the theological mandates of the Counter-reformation. In a letter written in 1634, Monteverdi claimed that he had written a mass for Christmas every year of his career in Mantua. If so, those masses are all lost; they were never published simply because there was no market for such old-fashioned stuff.

Around 1610, the year when Monteverdi wrote his most famous music, the Vespers of the Virgin Mary, he also set himself the task of re-composing the polyphonic motet In Illo Tempore, by Nicholas Gombert, already half a century old. A letter exists, from a Mantuan singer to Cardinal Gonzaga, which states: "Monteverdi is having printed an a capella mass for six voices written with much study and toil..." The toil certainly paid off! This is a much finer piece of music than anything Gombert ever produced. Like Gombert, however, Monteverdi seldom thins the voices of his six-part polyphony. The result is a dense choral texture of awesome majesty. Monteverdi in one stroke proved himself as skillful a polyphonist as any before or after, even including Josquin and Brumel.

The four-voice mass recorded here is one of two others by Monteverdi that have survived. Its date of composition is unknown, though musicologists assume that it was written after 1610. It's a work of great thematic economy, quite reminiscent of Josquin at his best, though somewhat more florid in decoration and closer to Monteverdi's madrigal style. It also is a sublime piece of music, probably the best Renaissance mass written in the Baroque era.

Since this is the only recording of these masses together, it's a huge relief to be able to say that Harry Christophers and The Sixteen sing them well. Their performance is a big-space big-choir sound, something that's often prone to stodginess and distortion, but The Sixteen are a disciplined ensemble and etch the lines of polyphony in acoustic ear-space with energy and elegance.

A must-have CD for all Monteverdi lovers! There is a Mass for Four Voices included in the compendium "Selva Morale e Spirituale, which has been recorded by various ensembles with even better musical 'craft' than The Sixteen could approach, but it is a different composition. This mass derives from a posthumous publication of 1650.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best. 17 July 2006
By Rev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is easily the best version out there. Incredibly underrated masterpiece of a recording. Don't pay attention to the editorial- the solos are brilliant and as always Christophers chorus is indescribable- and his plainchant is even better than McCreesh. Best recording of one the greatest masterpieces of western music.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastico 2 Sept. 2007
By Sergio Murilo Monteiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fantástico.
Execução perfeita e ótima qualidade de gravação.
A melhor versão que já ouvi do Cantate Domino e da Missa da capela para 4 vozes.
As vozes são esplêndidas, claras e muito bem equilibradas.
Os instrumentos são precisos e estão à altura do madrigal.
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