Monteverdi – Dixit Dominus/Duo Seraphim

My two favorite parts from his Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610. Monteverdi is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite composers, and this is why:

From the wiki: “The text Duo Seraphim (“Two angels were calling one to the other…”) begins as a duet. When the text (which melds lines from Isaiah and the Gospel of John) mentions the Trinity, a third tenor joins. All three sing in unison at the words, “these three are one.””

I own this version.

400 years ago exactly, Monteverdi wrote the songs of the angels, who give endless praise and glory to God. Today, unscrupulous, mediocre hacks write films about angels defying God. How far we have fallen!

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