Les Arts Florissants: Carissimi Monteverdi

October 11, 2023, 10:00 pm

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9th-century rendering in Latin of By the Waters of Babylon, with a picture of bereft-looking menat the water's edge.
"By the Rivers of Babylon:" Stuttgart Psalter, 9th century

Les Arts Florissants, founded in 1979 by William Christie and directed by Paul Agnew, brings us a program of sacred vocal and instrumental works. Monteverdi’s collection of sacred music titled Selva morale e spirituale and Carissimi’s oratorio Jephta anchor works by Frescolbaldi and Salamone Rossi. Tonight’s program, recorded live in concert September 4, 2022 on the Main Stage of Stockholm’s Musikaliska Kvarteret, opened the Stockholm Early Music Festival, founded in 2002.

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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Selva morale e spirituale
– Beatus vir – Iste confessor – Salve Regina

Salamone Rossi (1570-ca 1630)
Sonata sopra l’aria di Ruggiero

Claudio Monteverdi
Selva morale e spirituale
– Laudate Dominum

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)
Super flumina Babylonis

Claudio Monteverdi
Selva morale e spirituale
– Laudate Dominum omnes gentes

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
Canzon quarta a 3

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)


Natasha Schnur,Ellen Giacone: sopranos
Blandine de Sansal, mezzo-soprano
Mathilde Ortscheidt, contralto
Geoffroy Buffière, Edward Grint: basses

Les Arts Florissants
Paul Agnew, conductor