Monteverdi: Vespers

Monteverdi: Vespers

by Robert Howarth
     
 
Recorded live in 2010 for the 400th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, 1610, this is a fitting tribute to one of the early masterpieces of Baroque music. Capably performed on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by

Overview

Recorded live in 2010 for the 400th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, 1610, this is a fitting tribute to one of the early masterpieces of Baroque music. Capably performed on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Robert Howarth, and sung with fluidity and light tone by the Choir of the Enlightenment, this historically informed reading offers a mixture of grand sacred drama and quiet reflection, reflecting both Monteverdi's ecstatic choral writing and his florid solo vocal parts, which are as impassioned as his operatic arias. The diversity of styles and expressions in this work makes it an ideal vehicle for an early music ensemble to demonstrate its full range, and the skills and resources of both the orchestra and choir are brilliantly displayed. The sound of the recording is good, though not first-rate: there are occasional problems with the voices being close up or far off, but not altogether in the same space. Whether this comports with some intended directional or antiphonal effects or is even caused by unusual microphone placement, it is a little disconcerting in the stereo mix. But the compelling interest of the music makes this one criticism seem minor, and the loveliness of the vocal production overrides the less than exceptional audio quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Signum Uk
UPC:
0635212023723
catalogNumber:
237
Rank:
201910

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Tracks

  1. Sonata seconda a violino solo  - Giovanni Battista Fontana  - Alison Bury  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth
  2. Magnificat II, for 6 voices and organ (from Vespers), SV 206a  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Kim Porter  - Eamonn Dougan  - Robert Howarth  - Philip Tebb  - Alex Ashworth  - William Gaunt  - Margaret Bragle  - Stuart Young  - Robert Davies
  3. Exultent caeli et gaudeant angeli, motet for 5 voices, SV 304  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth  - Nicholas Mulroy  - William Gaunt  - Timothy Travers-Brown
  4. Ave maris stella, for soprano, tenor & chorus (from Vespro della Beata Vergine), SV 206/12  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth  - Grace Davidson  - Kirsty Hopkins  - Sam Boden
  5. Sonata sopra 'Sancta Maria ora pro nobis', for soprano, 3 horns, 2 trombones, 2 violins & cello (from Vespers), SV 206/11  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth
  6. Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum, motet for 7 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/10  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth
  7. Audi, coelum, verba mea, motet for 7 voices (from Vespro della Beata Vergine), SV 206/9  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth  - Nicholas Mulroy  - Matthew Long
  8. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum, for 10 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/8  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth
  9. Duo Seraphim clamabant, motet for 3 tenors (from Vespers), SV 206/7  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth  - Nicholas Mulroy  - Matthew Long  - Sam Boden
  10. Laetatus sum, motet for 6 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/6  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  - David Clegg  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth  - Grace Davidson  - Nicholas Mulroy  - William Gaunt  - Kirsty Hopkins  - Matthew Long
  11. Pulchra es, amica mea, motet for 2 sopranos (from Vespers), SV 206/5  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth  - Grace Davidson  - Kirsty Hopkins
  12. Laudate, pueri, Dominum, motet for 8 voices & organ (from Vespers), SV 206/4  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth  - Grace Davidson  - Nicholas Mulroy  - William Gaunt  - Stuart Young  - Kirsty Hopkins  - Matthew Long
  13. Nigra sum sed formosa, antiphon for tenor (from Vespers), SV 206/3  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Robert Howarth  - Nicholas Mulroy
  14. Dixit Dominus, motet for 6 voices and 6 strings (from Vespers), SV 206/2  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Eamonn Dougan  - Robert Howarth  - Grace Davidson  - Nicholas Mulroy  - Kirsty Hopkins  - Matthew Long
  15. Domine ad adiuvandum, motet for 6 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/1  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  Choir of the Enlightenment  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Eamonn Dougan  - Robert Howarth

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