Monteverdi - The Other Vespers | Decca 4831654

Monteverdi - The Other Vespers

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4831654

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th April 2017



Celebrating Monteverdiís 450th anniversary, a key new release in this Monteverdi year.

Forming a response to Monteverdiís timeless masterpiece Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610), these ĎOtherí Vespers are centred around works from the end of his life, in 1640, following 23 years as maestro at St Markís Venice, including the celebrated Beatus vir.

A truly Venetian Vespers, arranged in a setting that could have been performed in Venice in Monteverdiís time, with his sacred choral works alongside music of his contemporaries, culminating in Giovanni Gabrieliís powerful and moving Magnificat in 14 parts for three separate Ďchoirsí.

The release coincides with I Fagioliniís 30th anniversary: the ensemble has always enjoyed a close association with Monteverdi. Robert Hollingworth is a Monteverdi specialist.

This is an authentic take on the repertoire, including the incredible soundworld of the cornetto muto alongside four male voices of I Fagiolini in the Palestrina/Bovicelli Ave verum corpus - the first recording of such a reconstruction.

The works on this album are treated as an authentic Vespers setting, with antiphons, collects and other short excerpts between each work.

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