The CD includes works by famous composers from the epoch of late-Renaissance and Baroque. Claudio Monteverdi, the creator of the first important operas in the history of Europe's art of music, is represented by eight works. The songs and the psalms performed by the Sofia Madrigal Choir, specialised in the interpretation of Renaissance and Baroque music, demonstrate not only Monteverdi's exceptional ability to develop polyphonic compositions but also his mastery of the new emotional style strongly influenced by Italian folklore. Secular or sacred, these works are imbued with a sincere emotion and with the humanistic spirit of the time. They demonstrate a new attitude towards the text set to music and the melodic invention of Monteverdi, who lived and worked in the second half of the 16th and the first half of the 17th centuries. Carlo Gesulado, his near contemporary, also created models of madrigal art, sparkling with creative wit and invention, featuring virtuosity and poetry. And next to them ranks the German composer Heinrich Schutz, who laid the foundations of the Baroque style in German music. He is the author of many remarkable sacred works - passions, masses, madrigals, an opera, one ballet, vocal and instrumental opuses. The CD contains some of his secular songs, admirable for their melodiousness and beautiful vocal texture.
MONTEVERDI · GESUALDO · SCHUTZ · SOFIA "MADRIGAL" CHOIR
 Concerto: Pulchra es 4'26''
 Psalmus 121: Laetatus sum 7'27''
 Taci Armelin 2'50''
 Batto qui pianse 3'47''
 Chiome d'oro 3'11''
 Amor che deggio far? 3'25''
 O come sei gentle 4'42''
 Psalmus 147: Lauda Jerusalem 4'16''
 Io tacerò 9'43''
 Invan dunque o crudele 2'55''
 Moro lasso al mio duolo 4'00''
 Dolcissima mia vita 3'23''
 Christe Deus adjuva 2'00''
 Verbum caro factum est 3'48''
 Te Christe sipplex invoco 2'04''
 Veni redemtor gentium 2'39''
 Veni sancte Spiritus 6'07''
Soloists: Vanilia Kissyova (soprano), Nikolina Pankova (soprano), Assya Ivanova (soprano), Alis Bovarian (alto), Valentin Vassilev (tenor), Konstantin Marinski (bass)
Stoyanka Slavova (harpsichord, spinet, organ), Vesselina Korchakova (spinet), Angel Stankov (violin), Yossif Radionov (violin), Bogomil Karakonov (cello), Nikolai Tonev (lute)
Stoyan Kralev, conductor