Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine
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Label: Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold
Cat No: HMG50156667
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 15th June 2015
"René Jacobs’ 1995 recording is a sudden return to full-blooded choral singing, supplied by the Netherlands Chamber Choir, robustly buoyed by instrumental doubling. The choir is not the most refined or transparent but Jacobs draws a vibrant and flamboyant performance from them, in which lyrical expression is never forgotten. Interestingly, the vocal lines are largely unadorned but the cornett embellishments are almost balmily florid. There is also a lovely and unhurried “Pulchra es” from Maria Cristina Kiehr and Barbara Borden...John Eliot Gardiner’s explosive second recording takes some beating, and Robert King is eager and spontaneous though less imaginative, but it is René Jacobs’s outgoing and richly doubled performance that perhaps does most both to excite and please the ear." - Lindsay Kemp, Mon 9th February 2015, Gramophone
"...combines brilliance with richness..." BBC Music Magazine
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