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Monteverdi: Selva Morale e Spirituale Import

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1. Gloria in excelsis Deo, motet for 7 voices, 2 violins & 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale et spirituale), SV 258
2. Chi vol che m'innamori, motet for alto, tenor, bass & 3 strings (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 256
3. O ciechi il tanto affaticar che giova, motet for 5 voices & 2 violins (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 252
4. Adoramus te, Christe, motet for 6 voices & continuo, SV 289
5. Confitebor tibi, Domine III (Terzo alla francese), motet for 5 voices/or 1 voice & 4 strings (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 267
6. Laudate Dominum, O omnes gentes, motet for bass (from Messa a quatro voci, et Salmi), SV 197
7. Beatus Vir (I), motet for 6 voices, 2 violins, 3 violas/trombones and continuo (from Seva morale e spirituale), SV 268

Product Details

  • Performer: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (October 14, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord
  • ASIN: B00009IC6R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on November 19, 2007
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First a caution: this is not the complete Selva Morale e Spirituale collection of 1640; it is a splendid selection. Also, this is not a new recording; it's a re-release of a 1992 CD, so make sure you don't double your disks as I stupidly did. The amazon list of performers is maliciously confusing. But hey, if there's ever a CD I'd want two copies of, this might be it. I've played the first copy more often perhaps than any other disk I own. It's rich, vibrant, exuberant music that always erases most of my attention from anything else. If the gloomy strains of late Shostakovich or the giddy ditties of young Mozart are pestering your consciousness, just play Monteverdi's Beatus Vir. It's the universal tune solvent.
Monteverdi's operas have become familiar enough that many people expect most of his music to consist of elegant, slightly elegaic recitativo. Selva Morale is the polar opposite, music in a dance-like ritornello style, with lots of violin fireworks illuminating the "cantabile" voices in duets and trios. I can think of no other music simultaneously so joyful and so spiritual.
Until quite recently, I couldn't imagine a better performance of this repertoire than this by Les Arts Florissants. But I've discovered a competitor, two recordings by Il Complesso Barocco of the complete duets of Monteverdi. Spend a few dollars in a worthwhile manner and get both groups; the comparison is thrilling. Except for the American soprano Jill Feldman, all the singers of Les Arts Florissants are French. All the singers on the duet CDs of Il Complesso Barocco are Italian. I won't offer a preference here and now. Both conductors, by the way, are anglophones. One group is all about tone and the other is all about phrasing. If you can't hear the difference, I'm wasting my time writing reviews.
Highest recommendation! I'll be giving my extra copy to a very good friend for her birthday.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By virtualola on August 2, 2005
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The clear pure voices with perfect pitch singing beautifully crafted compositions with energy and joy make this an excellent addition to any music library. I am repeatedly drawn back to this CD and can't seem to get enough of it. I highly recommend it to all who enjoy early music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jules Verne on September 20, 2005
The voices are in tune and blend well together. The music is energetic and joyful. The group have a quality compared to a full bodied red wine with the flavours and smells of dark fruit, a hint of spice and chocolate. Inspirational to anyone who likes this period of music.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juan C. Garay on March 20, 2008
This isn't actually the complete set of the "Selva morale e spirituale", an adventurous and extensive collection of sacred music which Claudio Monteverdi completed in 1641, only 2 years prior to his death.
In this CD by the ensemble Les Arts Florissants you will find only highlights. May I recommend, for your complete listening pleasure, the version recorded by Cantus Cölln (directed by mister Konrad Junghanel) on the Harmonia Mundi label. It is a 3-CD Box Set and yes, it is more expensive. But once you're touched by the "Selva", why not go deep into it?
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