Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
With a great variety of new authentic-performance recordings of this landmark piece of sacred music on the market -- from Gardiner, Herreweghe, Jacobs, Savall, you name it -- and with each vying to produce a richer, more resonant version, it's a bit of a shock to encounter this plain, straight-ahead version. It has a well-drilled English choir, a simple, mostly modern ensemble of strings and winds there are sackbuts with organ, no antiphons and no mass, which leaves a lot of empty space on each disc, everything performed at pitch, and a thoroughgoing atmosphere of churchly restraint, with soloists quietly emerging from the choir periodically with perfect English ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
With a great variety of new authentic-performance recordings of this landmark piece of sacred music on the market -- from Gardiner, Herreweghe, Jacobs, Savall, you name it -- and with each vying to produce a richer, more resonant version, it's a bit of a shock to encounter this plain, straight-ahead version. It has a well-drilled English choir, a simple, mostly modern ensemble of strings and winds there are sackbuts with organ, no antiphons and no mass, which leaves a lot of empty space on each disc, everything performed at pitch, and a thoroughgoing atmosphere of churchly restraint, with soloists quietly emerging from the choir periodically with perfect English cathedral-school voices. The disc may in fact be unusually successful just because it sounds so different from almost all the other discs on the market, and because it sounds similar to the ways in which choristers who sang the "Vespers" in the 1970s may have encountered the work. The bottom line is that the performance works well on its own terms even if it may not much resemble what Monteverdi had in mind and who really knows about that, anyway?. The small Rodolfus Choir, its members all under 25, is at its best in limpid movements like the "Ave Maris Stella" disc 2, track 3, perhaps too bland in the really big ones, and the balance among the forces is very elegantly done. It may be that the "Vespers of 1610" represent a work that, from the modern perspective, can simply be illuminated from too many different directions to essentially be captured on a single recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Signum Uk
  • UPC: 635212010921
  • Catalog Number: 109
  • Sales rank: 313,243

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Dominus ad adiuvandum - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (2:05)
  2. 2 Dixit Dominus, motet for 6 voices and 6 strings (from Vespers), SV 206/2 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (6:54)
  3. 3 Nigra sum sed formosa, antiphon for tenor (from Vespers), SV 206/3 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (3:36)
  4. 4 Laudate, pueri, Dominum, motet for 8 voices & organ (from Vespers), SV 206/4 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (6:39)
  5. 5 Pulchra es, amica mea, motet for 2 sopranos (from Vespers), SV 206/5 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (4:30)
  6. 6 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Laetatus sum - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (7:21)
  7. 7 Duo Seraphim clamabant, motet for 3 tenors (from Vespers), SV 206/7 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (6:20)
  8. 8 Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum, for 10 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/8 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (4:29)
  9. 9 Audi, coelum, verba mea, motet for 7 voices (from Vespro della Beata Vergine), SV 206/9 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (9:20)
  10. 10 Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum, motet for 7 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/10 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (3:51)
  11. 11 Sonata sopra 'Sancta Maria,' ora pro nobis, for soprano, 3 horns, 2 trombones, 2 violins & cello (from Vespers), SV 206/11 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (6:37)
  12. 12 Ave maris stella, for soprano, tenor & chorus (from Vespro della Beata Vergine), SV 206/12 - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (9:13)
  13. 13 Magnificat II, for 6 voices and organ (from Vespers), SV 206a - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (0:35)
  14. 14 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Et exultavit - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (1:15)
  15. 15 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Quia respexit - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (1:37)
  16. 16 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Quia fecit - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (1:17)
  17. 17 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Et misericordia - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (2:33)
  18. 18 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Fecit potentiam - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (1:00)
  19. 19 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Deposuit - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (2:24)
  20. 20 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Esurientes - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (1:23)
  21. 21 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Suscepit - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (1:19)
  22. 22 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Sicut locutus - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (0:59)
  23. 23 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Gloria Patri - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (2:38)
  24. 24 Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Sicut erat - Claudio Monteverdi & Clifford Bartlett (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodolfus Choir Primary Artist
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