Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Coro: COR16126

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Label:

Coro

Catalogue No:

COR16126

Discs:

2

Release date:

29th Sept 2014

Barcode:

0828021612626

Length:

1 hour 45 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


Grace Davidson, Charlotte Mobbs (sopranos), Simon Berridge, Jeremy Budd, Mark Dobell (tenor) & Ben Davies, Eamonn Dougan (bass)

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

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Harry Christophers writes: ‘Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is quite simply one of the greatest works of sacred music ever written and without doubt the most varied and inspired before Handel and Bach began composing their oratorios and passions. Where it was written, why it was written and who it was written for are actually immaterial – suffice it to say it was quite simply his calling card for the big job, Choirmaster at the resplendent Basilica of St Mark in Venice. Its variety alone makes it unique – thrilling psalm settings with virtuosic writing for both multi-part choir and instrumentalists to exotic and sensual settings of texts from the Song of Songs for solo voices. Every movement is full of luscious harmonies, drama and an evocative musical language which is so beautifully constructed for all concerned.’

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Deus in adiutorium meum intende

Dixit Dominus

Nigra sum

Laudate pueri

Pulchra es

Laetatus sum

Duo Seraphim

Nisi Dominus

Audi coelum

Lauda Jerusalem (High)

Sonata sopra Santa Maria

Ave maris stella

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High)

Magnificat

Et exultavit

Quia respexit

Quia fecit mihi magna

Et misericordia

Fecit potentiam

Deposuit potentes

Esurientes

Suscepit Israel

Sicut locutus est

Gloria Patri

Sicut erat

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610: Lauda Jerusalem (Low)

Vespers of 1610: Lauda Jerusalem (Low)

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low)

Magnificat

Et exultavit

Quia respexit

Quia fecit mihi magna

Et misericordia

Fecit potentiam

Deposuit potentes

Esurientes

Suscepit Israel

Sicut locutus est

Gloria Patri

Sicut erat

Financial Times

15th November 2014

****

“Exemplary all-round standards are the draw here, whether solo voices, choir or instruments.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2015

****

“Christophers sees Monteverdi attempting here to 'speak through singing'...and this, he tells us, allows the conductor 'the most amazing licence' - of accentuation, speed and declamation. Hence the character accounts of Laudate pueri and Dixit Dominus, where pauses are ignored or inserted and the relative speeds between their duple and triple sections are rarely the same.”

International Record Review

May 2015

“The Sixteen has a directness and, certainly in this recording, a muscularity in approach that are very appealing…Christophers shapes every phrase beautifully and is always alive to Monteverdi's rhetoric…[this performance] gives a sense of how shockingly modern Monteverdi's Vespers must have seemed to those used to Palestrina and the like. For a work with which we are now so familiar, that is no small achievement.”

Early Music Today

May 2015

*****

“This is surely one of the most refined versions of the Vespers currently available...not a note is out of place”

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