Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95188
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 22nd July 2016
ArtistsEnsemble San Felice
Under the guidance of director Federico Bardazzi, Ensemble Felice bring their scrupulous scholarship to the many interpretative decisions to be made, as the order of movements and much of the orchestration is left to the performers’ discretion. Grounded in research into the historical context and practices surrounding the work, Bardazzi has chosen to structure it by placing motets between the prescribed sequence of psalms. The quietude of the motets provides a wonderful contrast to these often grandiose choral movements, and the placing of the Sicut erat towards the end makes a fitting climax to the entire work. Ensemble Felice also come with a full compliment of Monteverdi’s intended orchestral forces including a 30‐strong choir, full orchestra and specially invited brass ensemble La Pifarescha. Working closely with the non‐metric Latin text, the ensemble use changes of character, rhythm and metre to maximise its expressive potential. With performances on period instruments, authentic renditions of Gregorian chants and an attention to detail that even retunes concert pitch to its more historically accurate version, this is a faithful recording of a supreme work.
Recorded 2-5 October 2011, Antico Spedale del Bigallo, Bagno a Ripoli, Italy
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