Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine | Phi LPH029

Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine

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Label: Phi

Cat No: LPH029

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 18th May 2018

Contents

Artists

Collegium Vocale Gent

Conductor

Philippe Herreweghe

Works

Monteverdi, Claudio

Vespro della beata Vergine

Artists

Collegium Vocale Gent

Conductor

Philippe Herreweghe

About

Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent present a highly accomplished version of one of the masterpieces of seventeenth-century sacred music. Composed shortly after L’Orfeo and dedicated to Pope Paul V, Monteverdi’s Vespers constantly surprise us with their audacity and their great emotional power. Stile antico and stile moderno combine here to wonderful effect, with Renaissance-style polyphony, accompanied monody and concertato style coexisting harmoniously. The importance accorded to the text (a key feature in Monteverdi), the virtuosity of the vocal writing and the independence of the part-writing are among the characteristics of this astonishing work. Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent prove themselves to be Monteverdi interpreters of the first rank. Their lively, refreshing reading, enhanced by the presence of eight internationally renowned soloists, will ensure the success of this release.

Reviews

Herreweghe’s radical rethinking yields shaded flexibility and kaleidoscopic dynamism. For a demonstration of his evolved approach, try the precision, transparent contrapuntal detail and focused Italianate sonorities of ‘Nisi Dominus’, the streamlined and conversational ‘Ave maris stella’ and the lively fantasy of the instrumentalists in the dancelike Sonata sopra Sancta Maria – all of them infinitely fresher and less self-consciously mannered than used to be the case. ... Recordings of the 1610 Vespers are two-a-penny but very few have delighted and impressed me as much as this.  David Vickers
Gramophone October 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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