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)


Ensemble San Felice, La Pifaresca period brass ensemble, Federico Bardazzi

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Brilliant Classics - 95188BR

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

filmed at the Chapelle Royale at Versailles


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

Alpha - ALPHA705

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$24.50

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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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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 ***

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Warner Classics Das Alte Werk - 2564694648

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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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Building a Library

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Building a Library

First Choice - December 2010

Hyperion Monteverdi Sacred Music - CDA67531/2

(CD - 2 discs)

$27.50

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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: Vespers

Monteverdi: Vespers


Bassano, G:

Hodie Christus natus est

Gabrieli, G:

Audite principes a 16, C 123

Angelus ad Pastores

Quem Vidistis pastores a 12, C 77

Salvator noster a 15, C 80

O Magnum Mysterium

Monteverdi:

Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)

Exultent caeli


“Gardiner's first version was made with some of the finest English singers of the day and the legendary Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
It may not be as polished, but its vitality stands up well to the later version.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Modern strings and brass, and the likes of Jill Gomez, Robert Tear, Philip Langridge and John Shirley Quirk among the soloists, give it a beefy ebullience that is matched by the forceful virtuosity of the choir...Gardiner's purposeful approach is stirringly dramatic, boldly eventful and full of ideas” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

Decca - Double Decca - 4434822

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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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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.

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Coro BBC Sacred Music - COR16131

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