Monteverdi: Selva Morale e Spirituale

Su. 17 December 2017 – 5.30pm
Approximate duration: 
1h20 with intermission

The Selva Morale e Spirituale (literally Spiritual and moral forest) is a splendid collection of sacred compositions by Monteverdi published in 1640, an anthology of masterpieces of the level of the famous Vespers published in 1610.


Monteverdi, aged 74, was nearing the end of his life and was offering his sacred music testament, in fact the collection of works he had imposed at Basilica San Marco in Venice. The main pieces of San Marco’s rich liturgy are at the heart of the program: Gloria, Salve Regina, Laudate and of course the magnificent Magnificat!

William Christie has gathered a score of magnificent soloists; he will be conducting from the harpsichord to honor the beauty of Monteverdi’s art. 30 years after the recording of Selva Morale e Spirituale by the young Arts Florissants, William Christie will close the Monteverdi celebration year by turning to the origins of his passion: masterpieces of sacred music fusing with drama…


Les Arts Florissants, Monteverdi, Secondo libro de' Madrigali



Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Selva morale e spiritual (extracts)

Magnificat primo for 8 voices 

Salve Regina for 2 voices

Pianto Della Madonna for one voice

Laudate Dominum for one voice

Confitebor for 5 voices / Laudate Dominum for 8 voices

O ciechi il tanto affaticar for 5 voices

Voi ch'ascoltate for 5 voices / E questa vita un lampo for 5 voices

Chi vuol che m'innamori for 2 voices

Gloria for 7 voices



Emmanuelle De Negri Soprano

Lucía Martín Cartón Soprano

Carlo Vistoli Counter-tenor

Cyril Auvity Tenor

Reinoud Van Mechelen Tenor

Cyril Costanzo Bass

John Taylor Ward Bass

Marc Mauillon Bass


Les Arts Florissants

William Christie Conductor and harpsichord