Monteverdi in Mantua: the Genius of the Vespers (DVD) | Coro COR16131

Monteverdi in Mantua: the Genius of the Vespers (DVD)

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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16131

Format: DVD - NTSC

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Documentary

Release Date: 28th August 2015

Contents

Artists

Simon Russell Beale
The Sixteen

Conductor

Harry Christophers

Artists

Simon Russell Beale
The Sixteen

Conductor

Harry Christophers

About

Simon Russell Beale joins forces with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen once again to tell the story of one of the greatest works of sacred music ever written - Monteverdiís Vespers of 1610.

The BBCís 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 Paulís 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 Monteverdiís 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.

This DVD does not feature a complete performance of Monteverdi's Vespers.

Region: NTSC Region 0 (Plays in all territories)
Subtitles: English

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