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)


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.’

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Coro - COR16126

(CD - 2 discs)

$29.25

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Monteverdi: Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco

Monteverdi: Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco


Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Selva morale e spirituale


Monica Piccinini, Anna Simboli (sopranos), Andrea Arrivabene, Gianluca Ferrarini (altos), Luca Dordolo, Raffaele Giordani (tenors) & Matteo Bellotto, Salvo Vitale (bass)

Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini

Rinaldo Alessandrini talks to Presto's David Smith about the project here.

1 CD + BONUS DVD

Unanimously recognised as one of the leading interpreters of Monteverdi, Rinaldo Alessandrini's recordings have become benchmark references. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of his orchestra, Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini returns to his preferred composer, creating, in the magnificent Basilica of Mantua, an imagined Vespers service for San Marco assembled from various parts of the 'Selva morale e spirituale' and gathering together the sublime Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri, Magnificat...In doing so he has found "the expressive logic which is at the heart of the liturgies for which this music was composed". This represents Alessandrini's first volume in a complete recording of the Selva Morale.

BONUS DVD: L’umano e il suo divino, Alessandrini conducts Monteverdi, A film by Claudio Rufa.

Total timing CD 79’, DVD NTSC

Region code 0, 44-page colour booklet (FR,EN)

Sung texts included

“The most experienced Monteverdians in the business are helped by the thrilling acoustic of the Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara, in Mantua, whose properties are closest to those of St Mark’s. The cornetti and trombones sound majestic, but it is the clarity, tonal purity and vivid diction of the vocal soloists and ensemble that make this a triumph.” Sunday Times, 24th August 2014

“The resonant yet exquisitely transparent acoustic weaves its spellbinding magic on the single voices and accomplished instrumentalists of Concerto Italiano...Much of the music-making has perfect conversational qualities...Concerto Italiano's distinguished performances constitute their most essential Monteverdian work in donkey's years.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

“Alessandrini finds both expressive breadth and immediacy through pungent instrumental playing and a first-rate mix of solo and ensemble voices...The behind-the-scenes DVD offers some useful background as an adjunct to a superlative CD.” The Telegraph, 20th October 2014 *****

“[a] triumphant return to Claudio Monteverdi … the instrumental playing throughout the disc is technically superb and beautifully nuanced.” International Record Review, November 2014

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Naive - OP30557

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$16.25

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


400 years ago this September, Monteverdi’s great collection of church music, known as the 1610 Vespers, was published in Venice. To mark the anniversary, the award-winning Choir of New College Oxford, under its celebrated director Edward Higginbottom, releases its own version of this masterpiece. The performance bristles with the musical energy invariably associated with New College Choir, coloured by the very special sound of its trebles alongside outstanding tenor and bass voices. Apart from brilliant contributions from the tenors Nicholas Mulroy and Thomas Hobbs, all the solo material is taken by Choir members, emphasizing the nature of the music as a consort work. This approach to the score conforms to historical practice, retaining however a contemporary sense of drama and musical inflection. The Choir is joined by another award-winning group, the Oxford-based Charivari Agréable (director: Kah-Ming Ng). Their instrumental contribution, scrupulously following the directions given in the 1610 print, and coming to a climax in the Sonata sopra Sancta Maria and the Magnificat, brings the Vespers sequence to a brilliant conclusion. This New College version, with its unique treble voices, and faithful reading of Monteverdi’s performance instructions, is unlike any other: one to add to any library.

‘After 30 years as music director of New College Oxford, Edward Higginbottom has turned its choir into a national treasure: a choir as strong on intensity and commitment as crystal-clear of voice and vision.’ Anthony Holden (Observer May 2006)

“The tenor soloists, Nicholas Mulroy and Thomas Hobbs, are ravishing in 'Duo Seraphim'...The instrumentalists of Charivari Agréable are on fine form; they add wonderful shape to the phrases in 'Esurientes', and combine thrillingly with the boys' voices in the 'Sonata sopra Sancta maria'” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

“The sonority of the boys' voices can be quite glorious, nowhere more so than in the final pages of the extraordinary Magnificat...in a broader sense the performance is well paced and its spaciousness is ultimately thought-provoking. Singing and playing is uniformly good.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 ****

“the benefits are apparent right from the off, as "Domine, ad adjuvandum" shines out with a sound that is bright, strongly focused and clear, but also bright and creamy and with a characterful boyish edge to the upper lines...this recording has boys singing all the soprano solos, and a confidently musical job they make of them too” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“There's a fine pair of tenor soloists in the motet Duo Seraphim, and the great Sonata Sopra Sancta Maria is thrillingly done.” The Guardian, 2nd December 2010 ***

novum - NCR1382

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


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Harmonia Mundi - HMGold - HMG501247/48

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


Margaret Marshall (soprano), Felicity Palmer (mezzo soprano), Philip Langridge, Kurt Equiluz (tenors), Thomas Hampson (baritone) & Arthur Korn (bass)

Arnold Schoenberg Chor & Concentus musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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

(CD - 2 discs)

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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.

2 CDs for price of 1

“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: Vespers

Monteverdi: Vespers


Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

New transcription by Rinaldo Alessandrini


Roberta Invernizzi, Monica Piccinini, Anna Simboli (sopranos), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Francesco Ghelardini (countertenor), Vincenzo di Donato, Luca Dordolo, Gianluca Ferrarini (tenors), Pietro Spagnoli, Furio Zanasi (baritones), Antonio Abete, Daniele Carnovich (basses)

Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini

“...a fully Italian version at last (in 2004!), and one of the most imaginative for many a year...Alessandrini reveals his experience in madrigals...The consort singing is bold and focused, yet sensitive...a thrillingly full-blooded "Audi coelum" from baritone Pietro Spagnoli sends shivers down the spine.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

“This is as passionate and Italianate an account of this wonderful score as I have ever heard. Monteverdian nirvana” Sunday Times

“Rinaldo Alessandrini has waited long before committing to disc his thoughts on Monteverdi's most famous sacred publication. On the issues that have divided modern performers he's unflappably pragmatic. In keeping with Concerto Italiano's general approach, the vocal lines in 'choral' pieces are taken by soloists who step out of the ensemble, on the grounds, he says in the notes, that 'We possess no sources attesting choral performance of this music.' He sticks to the published order, observing that no single liturgical event can account for the presence of every piece in the collection. Finally, he transposes the Lauda Jerusalem and the Magnificat on the grounds that failure to do so would entail enlarging the overall ensemble.
These are decisions that continue to divide scholars. Suffice it to say that a clear vision results which has the virtue of coherence, though it comes at the cost of dramatic effects that many continue to hold dear. But the notion that this work wasn't conceived on the grand scale in which some performers dress it up in no way diminishes the greatness of the music.
Other details of execution aren't quite so persuasive.
In some of the later psalms, rhythmic detail tends to get lost in the overall sound, lessening one's appreciation of Monteverdi's contrapuntal virtuosity, and giving a certain 'floaty' quality that can be distracting. Not for Alessandrini the pinpoint precision and analytical clarity of, say, the Monteverdi Choir. However, the instruments give wonderfully punchy accounts of the Sonata, and at times the sackbuts and continuo come wonderfully close to impersonating a percussion section.
Those with a fixed conception of the work may fail to be convinced. Put mischievously, there's something here to displease nearly everyone.
But there are many moments that will return you to the music more violently; and you have to take seriously what so distinguished a Monteverdian has to say.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Naive - OP30403

(CD - 2 discs)

$22.50

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


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DG Archiv - 0730359

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