Monteverdi in Mantua: the Genius of the Vespers (CD+DVD)
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Cat No: COR16137
Format: DVD + CD
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 28th August 2015
ArtistsSimon Russell Beale
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.
Includes The Sixteenís CD recording of Monteverdiís Vespers.
Region: NTSC Region 0 (Plays in all territories)
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