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Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine / Suzuki, Et Al


Release Date: 05/29/2001 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1071/2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Yoshie HidaStephan MacleodMutsumi HatanoYoshitaka Ogasawara,   ... 
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium JapanConcerto Palatino members
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘Our main purpose for this recording,’ writes Masaaki Suzuki, ‘was to perform all the music contained in the collection that Monteverdi published in 1610.’ So he begins with the Missa In illo tempore, a superb example of old-style, elaborate polyphony; moves through the Vespers themselves, following the original order of the pieces and interpolating nothing; then, after the lavish Magnificat a 7, he ends with the more modest Magnificat a 6, which Monteverdi appended as an alternative.

This straightforward approach seems almost radical given the current glut of more fanciful versions, in which conductors reshuffle the Vespers, pepper them with antiphons and works by other composers and variously ‘adapt’ them to fit specific
Read more liturgical occasions. Such diverse interpretations make the choice of a benchmark recording highly subjective. Gardiner (dramatic, on Archiv) and Parrott (intimate and liturgically correct, on Virgin Veritas) offer fine, contrasting views, and several other versions (Christie, Garrido, Junghänel, Pickett) are well worth exploring.

This new set is consistently engaging. Unlike his rivals, Suzuki uses a high pitch of A=465Hz (common in Monteverdi’s Italy), but follows current thinking in transposing certain pieces down a fourth (the Missa, the Magnificats, ‘Lauda Jerusalem’). Performances throughout are expressive, sharply focused, intensely committed. Though he dispenses with liturgical trappings, Suzuki, aided by a spacious ‘churchy’ acoustic, certainly brings out the ritualistic and devotional character of the music, from the ornate orchestral splendour of the ‘Sonata sopra Sancta Maria’ to the tender vocal passions of ‘Pulchra es’ and ‘Duo Seraphim’. Excellent.

-- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Yoshie Hida (Soprano), Stephan Macleod (Bass), Mutsumi Hatano (Soprano),
Yoshitaka Ogasawara (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor), Yosuke Tanigushi (Tenor),
Naoko Imai (Organ), Hidemi Suzuki (Violin), Midori Suzuki (Soprano),
Stephan Van Dyck (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Concerto Palatino members
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Length: 38 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Missa de capella a 6 "In illo tempore" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Gerd Türk (Tenor), Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano),
Stephan Van Dyck (Tenor), Stephan Macleod (Bass), Mutsumi Hatano (Alto),
Yoshitaka Ogasawara (Bass), Yuko Anazawa (Alto), Naoko Imai (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Concerto Palatino members
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Length: 26 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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