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Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine / Gardiner

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This large-scale live recording (Gardiner's second) was made in Venice's St Mark's Basilica. It captures the drama as well as the ceremonial aspect of the work, despite sometimes cloudy recorded sound (See Archiv 073 035-9 for the spectacular DVD).

Gramophone Magazine
Gardiner's second [recording of the Vespers], spectacularly recorded live in St Mark's, has a punchy choral sound, near-operatic solo singing (Bryn Terfel and Alistair Miles are among the basses), emphatic enunciation, big contrasts and deliberate exploitation of the building's spaces. Its outright theatricality sets it apart from other performances.


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>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine
  • Performers: Michael Chance; His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts (Cornet); Alastair Miles; Ann Monoyios (Soprano); Sandro Naglia (Tenor); Nigel Robson (Tenor); Bryn Terfel; Mark Tucker
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Running Time: 102 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1610