Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610) (2CD)

Glossa
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La Compagnia del Madrigale

Recorded at Basilica di San Maurizio, Pinerolo, Italy, in September and October 2016

On its onward journey across the major secular and sacred landmarks of Italian Renaissance polyphony, La Compagnia del Madrigale now turns its attention to Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. This new recording on Glossa presents the award-winning [Gramophone 2014] ensemble in its prime and in the company of Cantica Symphonia and La Pifarescha, all under the direction of Giuseppe Maletto: a veritable cornucopia of present-day early music performers!

The approach taken by these Italian musicians reflects their long experience with such music and covers all areas of the performance including whether to add plainchant, which instruments to use, and crucially, the choices relating to tempi and pitch. In the booklet essay Marco Bizzarini brings his deep understanding of the interplay of words and music in Italy in Monteverdi’s time, underscoring the skill, experience and sheer musicality of La Compagnia del Madrigale.

What emerges is a refreshing, but natural, response to one of the great choral masterworks, for Monteverdi's 450th anniversary year.

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Tracklisting:

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206

  1. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: I. Domine ad adiuvandum
  2. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: II. Dixit dominus
  3. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: III. Nigra sum
  4. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: IV. Laudate pueri dominum
  5. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: V. Pulchra es
  6. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: VI. Laetatus sum
  7. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: VII. Duo seraphim
  8. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: VIII. Nisi Dominus
  9. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: IX. Audi coelum
  10. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: X. Lauda Ierusalem
  11. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: XI. Sonata sopra Sancta Maria ora pro nobis
  12. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: XII. Ave maris stella
  13. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: XIII. Magnificat I
  14. Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206: XIV. Magnificat II

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Reviews:

The Times

12th May 2017

**

“Shocking...to British ears accustomed to much punchier choral singing. Maletto believes that this is a “north European” aberration and offers instead an “Italian” legato style, very slow tempos, no ornaments except what Monteverdi wrote and everything sung at modern pitch...Not to my taste, but done with conviction.”

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