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Monteverdi: Vespers Of 1610 / Jeannette Sorrell

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine
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Notes & Reviews:

Cleveland-based baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire launched on Avie in July 2010 with a double release featuring Mozart and Bach. They follow with their tribute to the 400th anniversary of Monteverdi's seminal Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, released in anticipation of the group's seven-city tour in October 2010 performing this work. Vespers has been a signature piece for Apollo's Fire for over ten years, and it's fitting for Sorrell and her vibrant band - already well-known through their extensive national touring and NPR broadcasts - to bring this magnificent masterwork to wider audiences through this recording.

Gramophone Magazine
This is a performance that is light on its feet and, without descending into mannerism, enjoys the rhetorical detail in Monteverdi's word-setting. The choral chanting in the "Dixit Dominus" and the batted double-choir alternations of the "Nisi Dominus" are fast and fiery, but at other times there is great tenderness and reverence. The solos, too, are often ardently responsive to the text.

Sunday Times
"his reissue of a 1999 recording is a compelling account that can hold its own against any rivals. Jeanette Sorrell takes an unapologetically grand approach to the 400-year-old work...The choral singing is rhythmically incisive and the instrumental colours blaze brilliantly.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (11/1998).


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Works Details

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine
  • Performer: Jeffrey Strauss (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Running Time: 37 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1610