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Monteverdi: Vespro Solenni per la Festa di San Marco / Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
>Anonymous : Egregius Christi petrus apostolus, antiphon
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus, motet for 6 voices and 6 strings (from Vespers), SV 206/2
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 8, for 8 parts, C. 202
>Anonymous : Doctrinam apostolicam evangeliste Marco committens, antiphon
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Confitebor tibi, Domine II, motet for 3 voices & 2 violins (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 266
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Christe, adormus te
>Anonymous : Ad hec disponente dei gratia, antiphon
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Beatus vir
>Usper, Francesco : Sonata à 8
>Anonymous : Beate sancte Marce, antiphon
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate pueri
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Cantate Domino
>Anonymous : Sancte evangelista Marce, antiphon
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Selva morale e spirituale
>Buonamente, Giovanni Battista : Sonata à 6 (Sonate et Canzoni, Book 6)
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Deus tuorum militum sors et corona, motet for alto, tenor, bass & 2 violins (from Selva morale et sp
>Anonymous : Pulchra facie et alacri vultu / Deprecare pastor bone, verse & responsory
>Anonymous : Post angelicam allocutionem, antiphon
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Magnificat (I), for 8 voices, 2 violins and 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV
>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc
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Notes & Reviews:

As one of the leading Monteverdi interpreters, Rinaldo Alessandrini's recordings of the composer's works are standard reference interpretations. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of his orchestra, Concerto Italiano, Mr. Alessandrini returned to his favored composer, reconstructing one possible 'Vespers of St Mark' assembled from various parts of the Selva morale e spirituale collection and by gathering additional elements towards this one possible completion. But far from being arbitrary, this is the only form in which the music contained in the Selva can be executed. Since we are not dealing here with concert repertory, only contextualization and the expressive logic of the Mass and Vespers structures can do this music justice. For this recording we have drawn on the repertory of antiphons and responses from the liturgy in use at St Mark's in Monteverdi's time. The Magnificat for eight voices is presented with our completion of the alto and bass parts of the second choir, which are missing from the printed edition.

Sunday Times, 24th August 2014
The most experienced Monteverdians in the business are helped by the thrilling acoustic of the Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara, in Mantua, whose properties are closest to those of St Mark's. The cornetti and trombones sound majestic, but it is the clarity, tonal purity and vivid diction of the vocal soloists and ensemble that make this a triumph.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
The resonant yet exquisitely transparent acoustic weaves its spellbinding magic on the single voices and accomplished instrumentalists of Concerto Italiano...Much of the music-making has perfect conversational qualities...Concerto Italiano's distinguished performances constitute their most essential Monteverdian work in donkey's years.

The Telegraph, 20th October 2014
Alessandrini finds both expressive breadth and immediacy through pungent instrumental playing and a first-rate mix of solo and ensemble voices...The behind-the-scenes DVD offers some useful background as an adjunct to a superlative CD.

International Record Review, November 2014
[A] triumphant return to Claudio Monteverdi ... the instrumental playing throughout the disc is technically superb and beautifully nuanced.

MusicWeb International, 7th November 2014
Alessandrini has drilled his players so successfully that they carry all the power of a chorus at full steam combined with the virtuosity of a quartet. ...Alessandrini reveals his skill with this music by realising all of it with just the right amount of atmosphere, allowing it to come alive...a marvellous achievement, and an exciting addition to the discographies of both Alessandrini and Monteverdi himself.

Choir & Organ, January/February 2015
Alessandrini's Monteverdi interpretations resound with passion... a brilliantly conceived, scholastically sound and liturgically plausible sequence, burnished with spiritual sincerity.

Classical Music
Vocal and instrumental contributions are perfectly judged, and the intimate scale of the conception is captured perfectly by the engineers.

Audiophile Audition, 2nd February 2015
Spectacularly natural sound quality (as expected from Naive), with superb balance and soundstaging, reveals the inner majesty of this music. Whether as a historical document or a joyous listening experience, I recommend this disc wholeheartedly.

Early Music Today, March/May 2015
An immediacy that comes from a freer, highly text aware approach to rhythms, and the earthy qualities of singing are present in this new album in spades along with some ravishing instrumental playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Santa Barbara Basilica, Mantua, Italy (12/2013).



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Works Details

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Anonymous : Egregius Christi petrus apostolus, antiphon
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Dixit Dominus, motet for 6 voices and 6 strings (from Vespers), SV 206/2
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon no 8, for 8 parts, C. 202
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Doctrinam apostolicam evangeliste Marco committens, antiphon
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Confitebor tibi, Domine II, motet for 3 voices & 2 violins (from Salve morale e spirituale), SV 266
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Christe, adormus te
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1620

>Anonymous : Ad hec disponente dei gratia, antiphon
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Beatus vir
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1630

>Usper, Francesco : Sonata à 8
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1619

>Anonymous : Beate sancte Marce, antiphon
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Laudate pueri
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Cantate Domino
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1615

>Anonymous : Sancte evangelista Marce, antiphon
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Selva morale e spirituale
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Buonamente, Giovanni Battista : Sonata à 6 (Sonate et Canzoni, Book 6)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1636

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Deus tuorum militum sors et corona, motet for alto, tenor, bass & 2 violins (from Selva morale et sp
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Anonymous : Pulchra facie et alacri vultu / Deprecare pastor bone, verse & responsory
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : Post angelicam allocutionem, antiphon
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Magnificat (I), for 8 voices, 2 violins and 4 violas/trombones (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 15 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1640

>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc