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Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 Import

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Product Details

  • Performer: Taverner Consort
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B000031WJB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By esseyo on November 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this recording in 1991 and I believe it is still one of the very best recordings available. The singing is absolutely wonderful ... the rustic string sounds and the clear voices (no fat wobbles here but no pinched hooting sopranos either). The Vespers is interspersed with chant and convincingly played Cima sonatas. The sound is spacious in the chorus and intimate in the ensemble passages with very little reverberations. An example of the high caliber voices can be heard in the "Duo Seraphim" (the tempo chosen is no sweat for those 3 tenors). With a star-studded ensemble including Emma Kirkby, Nigel Rogers (I love his voice!), Roger Covey-Crump, John Holloway, Bruce Dickey, Lisa Beznosiuk, and members at one time or another of the Tallis Scholar, the Hilliard Ensemble, Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert; how can one go wrong???? Sorry, this performance doesn't sound like a secular musical orgy. Which is yet another reason why I give it 5 stars.

NOTE: the recording of the Selva Morale e Spirituale is not so great. Don't buy the CD for that ... buy it for the Vespers of 1610.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Frederick II of Hohenstaufen on March 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Andrew Parrott's recording is rightly considered by critics and listeners alike as THE recording of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. Using minimal forces, the individual voices layering upon one another can be clearly heard, not drowned out into a mass of sound as in many "fuller" recordings. The only other "five-star" recording of the Vespers is the Konrad Junghanel with Cantus Colln.
If I could only own one recording of this work, the Andrew Parrott would me the one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on September 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Claudio Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine of 1610 is a monument that straddles the transition from the musical values of the late renaissance and the early baroque like the Colossus of Rhodes, incorporating hugely different elements, from antiphonal chant to prima prattica tenor-structured polyphony to secunda prattica accompanied recitativo and operatic aria, yet achieving the kind of unity represented by holding its listeners spellbound. It is, like the Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of musical history. It's also one of the most frequently performed works of sacred music in the world, ranking only behind Handel's Messiah and bach's B-minor Mass. Accordingly, there have been dozens of recordings of it, and many of them have been quite fine. To 'carry off' the Vespers, one needs above all two virtuosic cornetto-players, three tenor singers of great vocal agility whose voices match closely, and an acoustic that flatters a well-disciplined chorus capable of the restraint needed for polychoral polyphony. Yes yes, everything else needs to be nearly perfect also. Thus there can never be an absolutely ultimate recording of the Vespers; sections of one will always be better than sections of another.

This performance by conductor Andrew Parrott has long been taken as the standard of overall excellence. It is still the best-selling of all recordings of the Vespers, by a wide margin. And it's very good! I've listened to it with pleasure on three continents. But I'm interested in comparing it with other recordings - most of them more recent.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sator on July 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 are increasingly becoming to be seen as a landmark work in the history of Western music. This is one of the most outstanding works of the late Renaissance composers of the Seconda Prattica (Second Pratice) amongst whom Monteverdi - one of the fathers of opera - was arguably the most forward looking. In fact Monteverdi is so forward looking he is often described as being an early Baroque composer. Elements of the work are highly conservative such as the widespread writing in multiple parts - a practice that had already become increasingly unusual by this time (and totally anachronistic by Bach's time), yet the entire work contains a fantastic profusion of colourful music and an instrumental ensemble which is varied to match the mood of each piece. In this regard his music can be compared to the paintings of Titian with its typical Venetian overflow of exuberance and colourfulness, that contrasts markedly with the Northern sobriety of the sacred works of Bach. This a work of unbridled sensuality and yet of luxurious refinement.

I have listened to this version of the Monteverdi Vespers for many years and have always somehow been left feeling partially dissatisfied by it despite the lavish praise heaped upon it by many reviewers over the years. Certainly it has it moments of greatness, yet I wish the reading as a whole would cohere more. Although the singers here are all stars, a star studded legion of singers do not an ensemble make. So I have waited years to find a recording that might surplant it. Years went by and recordings came and went without anything really grabbing my attention.
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