Notes & Reviews:
In 1610, Monteverdi gave his Vespers for the Virgin in Mantua before conquering the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice. This was the first great sacred masterpiece of the Baroque. Following the brilliant Orfeo (1607), the Vespers borrow its opening fanfare and positioned Monteverdi as the leading composer of his time. J. E. Gardiner founded the Monteverdi Choir, one of the world's finest choruses, specifically for this work, which he conducted for the first time in 1964 and subsequently recorded twice. With the present recording, where the image ideally accompanies the music, J. E. Gardiner wanted to make more perceptible the spatialisation that characterized Venetian music, by using the specific architecture and different levels of the Chapelle Royale at Versailles.Notes & Reviews:
Run Time: 105 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray and NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo
This presentation of Monteverdi's "Vespers" on an album from Alpha Classics is absolutely magnificent. The performance by the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, was filmed in the Chapelle Royale du Chateau de Versailles. The folding cardboard album contains two video discs, one in DVD-format and the other in Blu-ray format, and a booklet containing comprehensive program notes in English and French written by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
I am a long-time aficionado of Romantic music who has until now virtually ignored the Baroque period. One performance of this DVD has completely convinced me that I must explore more of the music of this era.
Recommendation: buy this performance if you love early Baroque music; the video and sound quality are superb.
Submitted on 04/08/16 by Ted Wilks
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