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Monteverdi: Vespers / Howarth

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus, motet for 6 voices and 6 strings (from Vespers), SV 206/2
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Nigra sum sed formosa, antiphon for tenor (from Vespers), SV 206/3
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate, pueri, Dominum, motet for 8 voices & organ (from Vespers), SV 206/4
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Pulchra es, amica mea, motet for 2 sopranos (from Vespers), SV 206/5
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laetatus sum, motet for 6 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/6
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum, for 10 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/8
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Audi, coelum, verba mea, motet for 7 voices (from Vespro della Beata Vergine), SV 206/9
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum, motet for 7 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/10
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Sonata sopra 'Sancta Maria ora pro nobis', for soprano, 3 horns, 2 trombones, 2 violins & cello (fro
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ave maris stella
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Exultent caeli et gaudeant angeli, motet for 5 voices, SV 304
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Magnificat II, for 6 voices and organ (from Vespers), SV 206a
>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata seconda a violino solo
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc represents a new partnership between Signum Records and The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, one of London's and the world's leading period-instrument ensembles. This premiere disc features Claudio Monterverdi's Vespers of the Blessed Virgin written in 1610, marking the work's 400th anniversary. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is a world-renowned orchestra, which plays on original instruments to bring out the very best of classical music as it was intended to be heard.

"Robert Howarth has assigned the parts to more versatile voices which can follow Monteverdi's partbook outside their comfort zone, while using ingenious blends of voices to achieve a shimmering, captivating choral sound that seems to float effortlessly through the psalms." -The Independent

"[Howarth's] dramatic instincts are secure, his choices of tempi always lively, and the Choir of the Enlightenment sings with the light freshness and clarity which have now come to be firmly associated with Baroque performances." -Classic FM

"The resulting performance is obviously the product of considerable thought, careful rehearsal and much practical performance. In a word it is magnificent. The rhythmic clarity and bounce, sensuous care for individual lines, total technical security and sheer joy in music-making is at once exhilarating and moving... I have heard many performances and recordings of the Vespers... but I have to say that this is one of the most enjoyable I have heard in recent years." -MusicWeb-International

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hall One, Kings Place, London, England (08/30/2010).



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>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
  • Performer: Eamonn Dougan (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus, motet for 6 voices and 6 strings (from Vespers), SV 206/2
  • Performers: Grace Davidson (Soprano); Eamonn Dougan (Baritone); Kirsty Hopkins; Matthew Long; Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Nigra sum sed formosa, antiphon for tenor (from Vespers), SV 206/3
  • Performer: Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate, pueri, Dominum, motet for 8 voices & organ (from Vespers), SV 206/4
  • Performers: Grace Davidson (Soprano); William Gaunt (Bass); Kirsty Hopkins; Matthew Long; Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor); Stuart Young
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Pulchra es, amica mea, motet for 2 sopranos (from Vespers), SV 206/5
  • Performers: Grace Davidson (Soprano); Kirsty Hopkins
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laetatus sum, motet for 6 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/6
  • Performers: David Clegg (Voice); Grace Davidson (Soprano); William Gaunt (Bass); Kirsty Hopkins; Matthew Long; Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
  • Performers: Sam Boden; Matthew Long; Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum, for 10 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/8
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Audi, coelum, verba mea, motet for 7 voices (from Vespro della Beata Vergine), SV 206/9
  • Performers: Matthew Long; Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum, motet for 7 voices (from Vespers), SV 206/10
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Sonata sopra 'Sancta Maria ora pro nobis', for soprano, 3 horns, 2 trombones, 2 violins & cello (fro
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Ave maris stella
  • Performers: Sam Boden; Grace Davidson (Soprano); Kirsty Hopkins
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Exultent caeli et gaudeant angeli, motet for 5 voices, SV 304
  • Performers: William Gaunt (Bass); Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor); Timothy Travers-Brown (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1629

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Magnificat II, for 6 voices and organ (from Vespers), SV 206a
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata seconda a violino solo
  • Performer: Alison Bury (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Howarth
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance