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Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine 1610 / Gardiner


Release Date: 10/11/1994 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 443482   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claudio MonteverdiGiovanni GabrieliGiovanni Bassano
Performer:  Robert TearFelicity PalmerJohn Shirley-QuirkPhilip Langridge,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi ChoirPhilip Jones Brass EnsembleMonteverdi Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This performance of the Vespers barely needs any introduction, so familiar has it become during the past ten years. However remote the interpretation may be from anything that Monteverdi himself might have envisaged, few would deny that in general the reading is unusually perceptive and intelligent, and it's hard not to be impressed by its sumptuously festive quality. In his changes of speeds and distribution of material to his singers and players, Gardiner of course goes far beyond the letter of Monteverdi's score; and unlike Parrott's carefully researched version, his performance sounds more like a universal affirmation of faith than a reconstruction of an actual liturgical act from early seventeenth-century Italy. At times one might wish Read more for greater economy and wit, especially in the solo motets. 'Duo seraphim", for example, is imperious rather than ethereal, and "Audi caelum" becomes almost a theatrical exchange instead of the fantastical dialogue that Monteverdi must surely have intended it to be. But these are all part of Gardiner's personal vision of the work, and it's to his credit that the music stands up so very well to such a treatment.

The list of soloists speaks for itself: it is a superb team, well supported by the Monteverdi Choir and the various instrumental ensembles. However inauthentically, imaginative use has been made of both distance and spatial distribution within the stereo spread, and music seems to come from every corner of the building. Purists no doubt will continue to attack it, but there is no escaping the fact that this is an enduring version of the Vespers, and I'm sure many listeners will welcome it back into the catalogue.

-- J.M., Gramophone [2/1986] Reviewing earlier release of Vespro della Beata Vergine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Felicity Palmer (Soprano), John Shirley-Quirk (Bass),
Philip Langridge (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor), Jill Gomez (Soprano),
Michael Rippon (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Monteverdi Orchestra  ... 
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1974 
Venue:  St. Jude on the Hill, London, England 
Length: 141 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Audite principes by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Philip Jones Wind Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Bassano
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
O magnum mysterium by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  John Angelo Messana (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1587; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Exultent caeli by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  John Angelo Messana (Countertenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Angelus ad pastores ait by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Philip Jones Wind Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1587; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Quem vidistis pastores a 14 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Philip Jones Wind Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Symphoniae sacrae, Book 2: Salvator noster hodie dilectissimi natus est a 15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  John Angelo Messana (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Philip Jones Wind Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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