MONTEVERDI Marien-Vesper / Gardiner

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CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

Vespro della Beata Vergine
Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
Marien-Vesper
Magnificat II
Monoyios · Pennicchi · Chance · Tucker
Robson · Naglia · Terfel · Miles
His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
The Monteverdi Choir · The London
Oratory Junior Choir · The English
Baroque Soloists · John Eliot Gardiner
Int. Release 03 Sep. 1990
2 CDs / Download
0289 429 5652 0 2 CDs DDD AH2
ARCHIV Produktion


Track List

CD 1: Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643)
Vespro della Beata Vergine

Nigel Robson, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir

Ann Monoyios, Marinella Pennicchi, Alastair Miles, Mark Tucker, Nigel Robson, Bryn Terfel, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir

Mark Tucker, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, Jakob Lindberg

Ann Monoyios, Marinella Pennicchi, Mark Tucker, Nigel Robson, Sandro Naglia, Alastair Miles, Bryn Terfel, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir

Marinella Pennicchi, Ann Monoyios, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, Jakob Lindberg, David Miller

Ann Monoyios, Marinella Pennicchi, Mark Tucker, Nigel Robson, Alastair Miles, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir

Mark Tucker, Nigel Robson, Sandro Naglia, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, Jakob Lindberg, David Miller, Christopher Wilson

English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir

Nigel Robson, Mark Tucker, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Wilson, Jakob Lindberg, The Monteverdi Choir

English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir

Total Playing Time 53:05

CD 2: Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643)
Vespro della Beata Vergine

English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, The London Oratory Junior Choir, Patrick Russill

Michael Chance, Nigel Robson, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, Jakob Lindberg, The Monteverdi Choir, The London Oratory Junior Choir, Patrick Russill

Ann Monoyios, Mark Tucker, Nigel Robson, Sandro Naglia, Bryn Terfel, Alastair Miles, Michael Chance, Marinella Pennicchi, English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Eliot Gardiner, Ian Watson, The Monteverdi Choir, The London Oratory Junior Choir, Patrick Russill

Mark Tucker, Nigel Robson, Ann Monoyios, Marinella Pennicchi, Bryn Terfel, Alastair Miles, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Ian Watson, The Monteverdi Choir, The London Oratory Junior Choir, Patrick Russill

Total Playing Time 51:55

For incisive choral singing and sheer theatrical excitement, this has few rivals. The choir pounces on every dramatic and textual detail, and the soloists project with bags of weight and vibrato. Big and thrilling.

. . . the glorious acoustics and intricate architecture provided a sumptuous stage for the performers. Their approach is high-octane -- dramatic, sensual and highly inflected -- and in their balance between theatrical excitement and glittering grandeur they capture the very essence of Venetian flamboyance. One of the most thrillingly atmospheric recordings of Baroque choral music ever made.

Gardiner shows us that the vespers are a Halloween House of Horrors . . . Throughout the recording, he skillfully locates the squirty-flowers and the Cheshire grins, before playing them loud and clear . . . Brass instruments rambling away underneath the vocal monophony, and the garish deliverance of "Alleluia," are tempered by Gardiner's control of the tempo and the dynamics . . . The way Gardiner handles the intimidating grandness is very simple: He just says it simply. Throughout the recording, the huge exclamations are just enunciated carefully and coldly, which is exactly right. It leaves us without that twang of pretentiousness . . . The Ninth Vesper needs a special mention. The recording is worth having just for this alone . . . There is an extraordinary delicacy in the melismatic writing, carefully drawn out by Gardiner's lush, slow pulse, where liberal rubato feels like lament and fatigue . . . his understanding of Monteverdi's word-setting is learned and extensive: however, the relationship between Gardiner and his solo vocalist pulls away from all knowledge and experience, and feels like a fresh exchange. The performance (and recording decisions) give us the feeling that this has never been said before, at least not with such spontaneity, with such care and energy . . . What makes this recording of Monteverdi's vespers so unique, given the wide range of other recordings available, is that the music feels like a pageant of people, not a score . . . Gardiner knowingly gives each of Monteverdi's tonal contrasts a face, a pair of expressive hands. We leave it feeling like we have been to a town, not a concert hall. It is uniquely expressive.