Monteverdi & Palestrina: Master of the Notes (2006)

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This article is about a performance of muscial composititons by Claudio Monteverdi. For other instances of his work in concert, see Monteverdi (disambiguation).

Folger Consort performed Monteverdi & Palestrina: Master of the Notes from January 6 to January 7, 2006. Even during his own lifetime, Palestrina's music was seen as the ars prefecta, the ultimate distillation and refinement of Renaissance polyphony. His serene, lucid, and mellifluous style became the model for future composers of music for the church and is the counterpoint studied by students in universities today. Yet during his lifetime (c.1526-1594), a new style was born, inspired by the radical humanists' desire to break the rules of counterpoint in the service of the text. Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), the greatest of these musicians, honed his ideas in madrigals and opera and brought this new Baroque style to church music as well. In the glorious National Cathedral, the Consort performed motets by both composers and instrumental works in both old and new styles.

Folger Consort Artistic Directors, Christopher Kendall and Robert Eisenstein. Ken Cobb.


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

  • Robert Eisenstein: violin, viol, recorder
  • Christopher Kendall: theorbo

Guest artists

  • Philip Cave: tenor
  • David Douglass: violin, viol
  • Barbara Hollinshead: mezzo soprano
  • Rosa Lamoreaux: soprano
  • Francois Loup: baritone
  • Drew Minter: countertenor
  • Robert Petillo: tenor
  • Webb Wiggins: organ

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