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.’

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

“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 ****

“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

“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 *****

Coro - COR16126

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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

“Alessandrini has drilled his players so successfully that they carry all the power of a chorus at full steam combined with the virtuosity of a quartet. ...Alessandrini reveals his skill with this music by realising all of it with just the right amount of atmosphere, allowing it to come alive...a marvellous achievement, and an exciting addition to the discographies of both Alessandrini and Monteverdi himself.” MusicWeb International, 7th November 2014

“Alessandrini’s Monteverdi interpretations resound with passion…a brilliantly conceived, scholastically sound and liturgically plausible sequence, burnished with spiritual sincerity.” Choir & Organ, January/February 2015

“Vocal and instrumental contributions are perfectly judged, and the intimate scale of the conception is captured perfectly by the engineers.” Classical Music *****

“spectacularly natural sound quality (as expected from Naive), with superb balance and soundstaging, reveals the inner majesty of this music. Whether as a historical document or a joyous listening experience, I recommend this disc wholeheartedly.” Audiophile Audition, 2nd February 2015

“an immediacy that comes from a freer, highly text aware approach to rhythms, and the earthy qualities of singing are present in this new album in spades along with some ravishing instrumental playing.” Early Music Today, March/May 2015

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Naive - OP30557

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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)


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: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


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DG Archiv - 0730359

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

Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Selva morale e spirituale (excerpts)


“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

“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

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Virgin Veritas - 5616622

(CD - 2 discs)

$11.25

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Monteverdi in Mantua

Monteverdi in Mantua

the Genius of the Vespers


Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


presented by Simon Russell Beale

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

The BBC’s celebrated Sacred Music journey continues with Monteverdi in Mantua - the story of a Renaissance duke and the composer who worked for him and how their volatile relationship would create one of the most revolutionary and beautiful collections of music ever published: The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. The programme is presented by Shakespearean actor and former St Paul’s Cathedral chorister, Simon Russell Beale, whose enthusiasm for choral music is matched by his gift for storytelling. Together with conductor Harry Christophers and his virtuoso choir The Sixteen, Simon explores Monteverdi’s early career in Mantua, where he wrote the Vespers under the slave-like regime of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, a man addicted to sex, luxury and art. Using the remarkable legacy of 127 surviving letters, Monteverdi is revealed as the first of a new breed of dramatic composer, straddling the worlds of the secular and sacred, whose bold experiments would change the way music sounds forever.

A Special Edition version (COR16137) is also available which includes The Sixteen’s audio recording of the Vespers of 1610.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Region: 0

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Coro BBC Sacred Music - COR16131

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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

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Harmonia Mundi - HMGold - HMG501566/67

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