Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610) (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 'Marian Vespers')

This page lists all recordings of Vespro della beata Vergine (1610) (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 'Marian Vespers'), by Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (1567-1643) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


In 1610, Monteverdi gave his Vespers for the Virgin in Mantua before conquering the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice. This was the first great sacred masterpiece of the Baroque. Following the brilliant Orfeo (1607), the Vespers borrow its opening fanfare and positioned Monteverdi as the leading composer of his time.

J. E. Gardiner founded the Monteverdi Choir, one of the world’s finest choruses, specifically for this work, which he conducted for the first time in 1964 and subsequently recorded twice. With the present recording, where the image ideally accompanies the music, J. E. Gardiner wanted to make more perceptible the spatialisation that characterized Venetian music, by using the specific architecture and different levels of the Chapelle Royale at Versailles.

“Gardiner's 30-strong choir allows him to shape the psalm movements like richly upholstered madrigals, chiselling out contrasts between very loud and very quiet, varying the pace at will and really pushing at the text…there are exquisite solos too, especially from soprano Silvia Frigato and tenor Nicholas Mulroy.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

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Alpha - ALPHA705

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


Maria Cristina Kiehr, Barbara Borden, Andreas Scholl, John Bowen, Victor Torres, Andrew Murgatroyd, Antonio Abete, Jelle Draijer

Concerto Vocale, Nederlands Kamerkoor & Nederlands CO, René Jacobs

Harmonia Mundi - HMGold - HMG501566/67

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

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

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.’

“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.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ****

“This is surely one of the most refined versions of the Vespers currently available...not a note is out of place” Early Music Today, May 2015 *****

“Exemplary all-round standards are the draw here, whether solo voices, choir or instruments.” Financial Times, 15th November 2014 ****

“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.” International Record Review, May 2015

Coro - COR16126

(CD - 2 discs)

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Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Salve, O Regina

Palestrina:

Stabat mater

Schütz:

Fili mi, Absalon, SWV 269

Heu Mihi Domine

O quam tu pulchra es, SWV 265


Collegium Aureum, Musica Fiata, Hannover Boys Choir & Pro Cantione Antiqua, Heinz Hennig, Mark Brown & Edgar Fleet

Alto - ALC2011

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


Recorded in 1968

“This live recording from Graz Cathedral is gloriously bombastic but mushy at times, despite sprightly original instruments and sensitive plainsongs.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2009 ***

Warner Classics Das Alte Werk - 2564694648

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


Montserrat Figueras, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Livio Picotti, Paolo Costa, Guy de Mey, Gian Paolo Fagotto, Gerd Turk, Pietro Spagnoli, Roberto Abondanza, Daniele Carnovich

La Capella Reial, Coro del Centro Musica Antica di Padova, Jordi Savall

Here is the first re-issue from the Astrée-Naive catalogue for 'Alia Vox Heritage'. One of Jordi Savall's legendary recordings, the Monteverdi Vespers was recorded in the Santa Barbara chapel in Mantova, Italy, the site of the première in 1610.The digipak is a work of art in itself and fully corresponds to Alia Vox's usual high production standards.

The Alia Vox Heritage series will gradually release highlights from the recordings made by Jordi Savall between 1977 and 1997 for Astrée.

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“Typically, Savall and his vocal consort and instrumentalists achieve more achingly and lingeringly beautiful moments than anyone else” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

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Alia Vox Heritage - AVSA9855

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Monteverdi - Vespers

Monteverdi - Vespers


Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Missa 'In illo tempore' (1610)


Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram, Daniel Auchincloss & Nicholas Mulroy

The King’s Consort, Robert King

A dazzling array of soloists join King - his choir and orchestra on top form - in presenting this new recording of a true masterpiece to the world: a project made possible by the generosity of all the many hundreds of people who donated to Hyperion’s appeal for recording funds in 2005.

“More than any other version, this one sounds like its director has set out to enjoy himself and forget the musicological baggage. Gleefully choral and revelling in presenting the Vespers as a work of splendour, it benefits from some strong solo singing (notably from Charles Daniels and James Gilchrist)” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“Despite four wonderful volumes of Monteverdi's sacred music from The King's Consort, nothing will prepare you for the ecstatic consequences of taking seriously at least one aspect of Monteverdi's so-called seconda pratica – using much freer counterpoint, with an increasing hierarchy of voices: that the word is mistress of the music. And what ecstasy! Never mind the majestic opening psalm: just listen to the eloquent gestures in the 'Dixit Dominus', which range from the declamatory to the reticent with astonishing flexibility. Or the freedom and delicacy of tenor James Gilchrist in the 'Nigra sum', equally matched by the fragile spaciousness of Caroline Sampson's and Rebecca Outram's 'Pulchra es'.
Spaciousness soon loses its fragility in the propulsive 'Nisi Dominus' and the 'Lauda Jerusalem' with its luxuriant finale. And although the 'Sonata sopra Sancta Maria' is still preferable with a solo soprano line, its instrumental variations are here dispatched with such fluency it's hard not to be won over; the 'Ave maris stella' is similarly eloquent.
The second disc includes equally superb performances of the alternative six-voice Magnificat and the Missa In illo tempore.
The cumulative effect here is of a dazzling chiaroscuro that Monteverdi surely would have recognised. With its use of full choir, King's recording has room to manoeuvre – which gives the imagination more room to take flight.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“The majesty and the ecstasy - King's forces are glorious in Monteverdi… Never mind the majestic opening psalm: just listen to the eloquent gestures in the 'Dixit Dominus', which range from the declamatory to the reticent with astonishing flexibility. Or the freedom and delicacy of tenor James Gilchrist in the 'Nigra sum', equally matched by the fragile spaciousness of Caroline Sampson's and Rebecca Outram's 'Pulchra es'.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2006

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Hyperion Monteverdi Sacred Music - CDA67531/2

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


“This large-scale live recording (Gardiner's second) was made in Venice's St Mark's Basilica. It captures the drama as well as the ceremonial aspect of the work, despite sometimes cloudy recorded sound (See Archiv 073 035-9 for the spectacular DVD).” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Gardiner's second [recording of the Vespers], spectacularly recorded live in St Mark's, has a punchy choral sound, near-operatic solo singing (Bryn Terfel and Alistair Miles are among the basses), emphatic enunciation, big contrasts and deliberate exploitation of the building's spaces. Its outright theatricality sets it apart from other performances.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

DG Archiv - 4295652

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610), etc.

Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Selva morale e spirituale (excerpts)


“One of Parrott's greatest achievements and still one of the finest Vespers ever despite strong recent competition, this superbly presented version catches an expert British cast of singers and players at a peak in their powers.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2007

“The first recording to engage fully with the scholarly debates regarding the form, purpose and pitch of the work, this 1984 version is a comprehensive and radical attempt to reconstruct a festal Vespers service, the music reordered so that it no longer seems to work towards a proto-Wagnerian climax.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Erato Veritas - 5616622

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Beyond Caravaggio

Beyond Caravaggio

Limited Edition


Cima:

Concerti ecclesiastici

Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


Sophie Marin-Degor (soprano), Maryseult Wieczorek (mezzo-soprano), Artur Stefanowicz (countertenor), Paul Agnew, Joseph Cornwell (tenors), Thierry Félix, Clive Bayley (basses)

Les Arts Florissants Orchestra and Chorus & Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse, William Christie

Set to Monteverdi’s sublime Vespro Della Beata Vergine (published in 1610, the year of Caravaggio’s death) this limited edition casebound deluxe 2 CD set features artworks by Caravaggio and some of the lesser-known but equally fascinating artists who were inspired by him. These and many more artworks are brought together in the ground-breaking blockbuster exhibition, Beyond Caravaggio

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Warner Classics National Gallery Collection - 9029596210

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