Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine | Ramee RAM1702

Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine


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Label: Ramee

Cat No: RAM1702

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th October 2018



Ludus Modalis


Bruno Boterf


Monteverdi, Claudio

Vespro della beata Vergine


Ludus Modalis


Bruno Boterf


The present recording constitutes more than just a new version of the Vespers. It is the first recording of the Vespers in the alternative version proposed by the composer, without concertato instruments. It reveals the underlying matrix of the work we all know, the ‘original version’ to which Monteverdi added concertato instruments for use in large-scale performances. Respecting the structure of the Office of Vespers, Ludus Modalis has chosen to frame the psalms with the antiphons corresponding to a Marian ceremony. The interpretation proposed here is one influenced by the Renaissance tradition. It places the work in perspective in a musical world at the point of equilibrium between prima and seconda prattica, between the achievements of tradition and the contributions of modernity.


Bruno Boterf brings us a Vespers of unique beauty, in a version Claudio Monteverdi had printed but which until now has never been recorded. ... Boterf gilds Monteverdi's polyphony by using two trebles in an otherwise oneto- a-part ensemble. This delicate imbalance yields an astonishing range of affect... Berta Joncus (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine January 2019

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