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Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine / Marin-Degor, Wieczorek, Stefanowicz, Agnew, Cornwell, Félix, Bayley, Les Arts Florissants, Christie
Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Paolo Cima, William Christie
Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine / Marin-Degor, Wieczorek, Stefanowicz, Agnew, Cornwell, Félix, Bayley, Les Arts Florissants, Christie
Genre: Classical
 
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  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2

Monteverdi's Vespers is a monumental collection of musical settings of liturgical texts for a service in honor of the Virgin. It presents a cornucopia of styles, stretching from traditional plainchant to a forward-looking,...  more »

      
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Monteverdi's Vespers is a monumental collection of musical settings of liturgical texts for a service in honor of the Virgin. It presents a cornucopia of styles, stretching from traditional plainchant to a forward-looking, innovative aesthetic, and bridges the gap between the Renaissance and the beginnings of Baroque musical language. William Christie leads a beautifully sculpted, majestic performance that is responsive to this stylistic profusion but also makes a case for underlying structural cohesion. The instrumental and choral playing is richly textured, while the soloists give exquisitely wrought accounts of Monteverdi's elaborate word painting. --Thomas May
 

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William Christie never disappoints!
03/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a marvelous recording! As always, Christie tries to capture the old masterpiece in its most authentic version. This task is especially difficult with Monteverdi whose music came to us very imcomplete, requiring a significant amount of historical and musicological research before any performance can be attempted. But Christie excels. As always, he is helped by the extraordinary set of musicians and soloists who come to work with him. It is a marvel that so many Les Arts Florissants performers return to work with Christie time and again even though they are almost never paid in advance. It requires a lot of faith in themselves and in their maestro for these performers to invest themselves in Les Arts Florissants while relying only on the expectation of future royalties. No wonder then that their performances are always so inspired and inspiring! Other memorable performances of this kind of music which I would highly recommend include Venetian Vespers (McCreesh) and Cavalli's Vespro della Beata Vergine (Dickey)."
Sumptuous Monterverdi
11/24/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a truly sumptuous version. The soloists really dramatize their parts, and Christie goes for gorgeous sound and magnificent effects. This works especially well with the florid melismas set off against the plain-chant cantus firmus in the Gloria of the Magnificat. It works less well in rounding the edges of the startling rhythmic variations on the words "Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis." The gregorian antiphons are included, which for me is a plus. The recorded sound is excellent, though with a fair amount of reverberation to match the conductor's conception."
All the Glory and Mysticism of the Monteverdi Masterpiece
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 04/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For those who have had the privilege of singing in a chorus that has performed the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, this splendid recording by the redoubtable William Christie and Les Arts Florissants will be a nostalgic thrill. Music such as this mighty work are the specialty of Christie and he and his forces manage to recreate the ambience and reverberation sounds of the massive cathedrals where the work was originally performed.

Though a lengthy piece, the variation in sounds between choruses and soloists and antiphonal brass choirs and continuo never ceases to amaze. Here are passages that are quite medieval along with harmonies and rhythms that are forward looking. It is a work with many faces and many paths to ascend the high vaults of Gothic architecture!

Christie has selected excellent soloists: Sophie Marin-Degor, Maryseult Wieczorek, Artur Stefanowicz, Fabian Schofrin, Paul Agnew, B?atrice Martin, and Jonathan Cable are all first rate. Though there are several superb recordings of the Vespers 1610, this recording manages to reach the pinnacle of atmosphere and mysticism better than the others. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, April 06"