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Mon, 20 Dec 2004

Monteverdi, The Sacred Music 3

The King's Consort, Robert King
LP, Hyperion

People will think we pull a salary from Hyperion as I don't
think we've uttered a bad word about any release that has
gone over our desks. Alas, it's not the case but we do get
the listening pleasure.

This disc is the third in the series of Claudio Monteverdi's
sacred music. Most of it was published beteen 1615 and 1651
and relates to his work at St. Mark's in Venice. 

Most of these items are motets and not part of the liturgy
of the Catholic church. In the seventeenth century, as it
says in the extended notes and libretti, such motets were
often sung at Elevation and Communion or between psalms
at Vespers. 

I must now find out whether very "high" Catholic churches
do this today. 
(Count K) 

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