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Handel: Carmelite Vespers [CD]

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  • Performer: Jill Feldman, Emily Van Evera, Margaret Cable, Joseph Cornwell
  • Orchestra: Taverner Choir, Taverner Players
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Composer: Georg Friederich Handel
  • Audio CD (7 Jun 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Veritas x 2
  • ASIN: B00000J2Q5
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Deus in adjutorium meum intendeTaverner Players/Andrew Parrott/Taverner Choir0:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Antiphon I: Pulchra es et decoraTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm I: Dixit Dominus: Dixit Dominus Domino meoJill Feldman/Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Margaret Cable/Mary Nichols/Joseph Cornwell/David Thomas/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 5:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm I: Dixit Dominus: Virgam virtutis tuaeMargaret Cable/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm I: Dixit Dominus: Recum principiumJill Feldman/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm I: Dixit Dominus: Juravit DominusTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm I: Dixit Dominus: Tu es sacerdosTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm I: Dixit Dominus: Dominus a dextris tuisJill Feldman/Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Margaret Cable/Mary Nichols/Joseph Cornwell/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 6:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm I: Dixit Dominus: De torrenteJill Feldman/Emily Van Evera/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm I: Dixit Dominus: Gloria PatriTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Antiphon I: Pulchra es et decoraTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Antiphon II: Sicut myrrha electaTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm II: Laudate pueri: Laudate pueri DominumDame Emma Kirkby/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm II: Laudate pueri: Sit nomen Domini benedictumDame Emma Kirkby/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm II: Laudate pueri: A solis ortuDame Emma Kirkby/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm II: Laudate pueri: Excelsis super omnes gentes DominusDame Emma Kirkby/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm II: Laudate pueri: Quis sicut Dominus Deus nosterTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm II: Laudate pueri: Suscitans a terra inopemDame Emma Kirkby/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm II: Laudate pueri: Qui habitare facit sterilem in domoDame Emma Kirkby/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm II: Laudate pueri: Gloria PatriDame Emma Kirkby/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Antiphon II: Sicut myrrha electaTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Antiphon III: In odoremTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Psalm III: Laetatus sumTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Te decus virginem (substitute for Antiphon III)Mary Nichols/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:540.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Antiphon IV: Benedicta filia tua DominoTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm IV: Nisi Dominus: Nisi Dominus aedificaveritTaverner Players/Andrew Parrott/Taverner Choir 2:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm IV: Nisi Dominus: Varum est vobis ante lucem surgereJoseph Cornwell/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm IV: Nisi Dominus: Cum dederit delectis suis somnumMargaret Cable/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm IV: Nisi Dominus: Sicut sagittae in manu potentisDavid Thomas/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm IV: Nisi Dominus: Beatus virJoseph Cornwell/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Psalm IV: Nisi Dominus: Gloria PatriTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Antiphon IV: Benedicta filia tua DominoTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Antiphon V: Speciosa facta esTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Psalm V: Lauda Jerusalem DominumTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Haec est Regina virginum (substitute for Antiphon V): Haec est Regina virginumJill Feldman/Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Margaret Cable/Mary Nichols/Joseph Cornwell/David Thomas/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Haec est Regina virginum (substitute for Antiphon V): Chapter: Ego quasi vitisTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Haec est Regina virginum (substitute for Antiphon V): Responsory: Christi Virgo dilectissimaTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Haec est Regina virginum (substitute for Antiphon V): Hymn: Ave maris stellaTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Haec est Regina virginum (substitute for Antiphon V): Ora pro nobisTaverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Magnificat Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris MaterTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Magnificat: Magnificat anima mea DominumTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saeviat tellus (substitute for Magnificat Antiphon): Saeviat tellus inter rigoresJill Feldman/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 6:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saeviat tellus (substitute for Magnificat Antiphon): Carmelitarum ut confirmet ordinemTaverner Players/Andrew Parrott/Jill Feldman0:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saeviat tellus (substitute for Magnificat Antiphon): O nox dulcisJill Feldman/Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Margaret Cable/Mary Nichols/Joseph Cornwell/David Thomas/Taverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 5:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saeviat tellus (substitute for Magnificat Antiphon): Stellae fidaeTaverner Players/Andrew Parrott/Jill Feldman 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saeviat tellus (substitute for Magnificat Antiphon): Sub tantae Virginis tutelaJill Feldman/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saeviat tellus (substitute for Magnificat Antiphon): AlleluiaJill Feldman/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saeviat tellus (substitute for Magnificat Antiphon): Dominus vobiscumTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saeviat tellus (substitute for Magnificat Antiphon): Benedicamus DominoTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott0:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin: Salve Regina: Salve, Regina mater misericordiaeEmily Van Evera/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin: Salve Regina: Ad te clamamusEmily Van Evera/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin: Salve Regina: Eia ergo, Advocata nostraEmily Van Evera/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin: Salve Regina: O clemensEmily Van Evera/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Carmelite Vespers (1707) - (Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin: Salve Regina: Ora pro nobisTaverner Choir/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:120.99  Buy MP3 


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A possible Desert Island choice 4 Aug 2008
By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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These are the sacred works of Handel from his first Italian stay, and include, Nisi Dominus, Dixit Dominus, Laudate Pueri, the Salve Regina and the Carmelite works. With the exception of minor imperfections in the Latin pronounciation of several of the singers, this is a wonderful recording. It is constructed so that the works of Handel are fitted into a Vesper Service with antiphonies and the Handel works in the position of the psalm. Therefore it is conceived as a Vesper Service overall. I think that for several of the individual works included here, particularly Laudate Pueri,Nisi Dominus and Dixit Dominus there are better recordings e.g. for Laudate Pueri, Nisi Dominus (see: Harmonia Mundi Musique d'abord collection) and for Dixit Dominus (see: Balthasar-Neuman Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) or (Minkowski DG); but the virtue of this recording is the conception and organization of the music as a Vesper Service with the Handel works inserted into it as probably no one ever heard them before. From this aspect therefore it is a unique recording and a possible desert island choice. (N.B. There are errors in pronunciation of the Latin in this recording.)Handel: PsalmsCaldara - Missa Dolorosa; Handel - Dixit DominusHandel: Dixit Dominus
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing sound world 6 Jan 2014
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Parrot and his ensemble of period players create an astonishing sound world for these vespers - which are virtuoso compositions from the young Handel, a celebration of sound played with vibrancy and passion, with no holding back. I am a relatively recent convert to Handel, after many years of thinking him a second-rate Bach. No longer, it is recordings like this that have made me understand the beauty, simplicity and vibrancy of the sound world he inhabits
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This young man, only 22 in 1707, has composed here some of the most advanced Vespers of his time if not of all times. He covers an enormous musical range from Gregorian Antiphons to Bach's fugue style and a treatment of instruments and melodies that announces Mozart and all 18th century developments. He is a composer that is able to bring together the heritage of several centuries and the promises of his own time and even his future. He joins heritage and vision in music. What's more he gives to these Vespers a sound and charm that is in the tradition of the Renaissance : the vision of the Virgin is pure, happy, extremely brilliant, beautiful, and absolutely redeeming. No austere element comes into this picture to spoil it. It is Raphael's Virgin, the one we can only see in Dresden in Germany that is projected into our brains, ears, skulls and hearts. Handel is here at his best and yet he is only starting his career and many other bests will come. What's more Andrew Parrott conducts this music with flexibility, brilliance and more than gusto, real enthusiasm. Some wonder how Handel, a German Protestant, could compose such vespers to the Catholic Virgin and for a Catholic religious order. They just don't understand Handel. He is all-inclusive, he is able to absorb, dominate and transcend any style and objective. He knows that music is its own aim and target and not the religious intention. He knows, just like Monteverdi or Bach, that the best way to enhance any religious faith or belief is to provide it with the beauty of the most advanced and varied music one can invent and perform. These Vespers have to be considered as some of the best along with Monteverdi's and Vivaldi's. Read more ›
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 20 Aug 2010
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Will not pretend to know much about classical music, but I do like early sacred choral works, I bought this on a whim, and cannot recommend it highly enough! I find that it transports me, quite beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 7 Jun 2000
By David Wihowski - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting attempt at recreating the whole Vespers as it may have been (either Handel did not write a whole Vespers or it has not all come down to us). I liked the attempt: it really could have been that way.
I also liked the soloists and the choir and the orchestra. I did feel some of the tempos were a bit faster than was flattering to the soloists and the choir: it seemed they were SO fast that the notes could not even be sung well. And I generally like fast tempos especially by clear voices, as these are. I just felt the tempos were too fast at times. I, like the other reviewer, wanted printed texts included: how much can it cost to add two pages to the album liner?
Otherwise it's a fine recording that sheds an interesting light on some of Handel's early works.
Though these works are early pieces by Handel (from his brief sojourn in Italy) they show his genius as clearly as many of his more celebrated later works.
If you're a Handel devotee, like me, you might want to add this to your collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Divine, the Delectable and the Disastrous 3 April 2007
By Leslie Richford - Published on Amazon.com
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George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759): Carmelite Vespers 1707. Second Vespers of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (as it might have been heard in Rome in July 1707 and containing seven motets by Handel embedded in appropriate Gregorian chant). Performed by Jill Feldman, Emma Kirkby, Emily Van Evera, soprano; Margaret Cable, Mary Nichols, alto; Joseph Cornwell, tenor; David Thomas, bass; The Taverner Choir; The Taverner Players; directed by Andrew Parrott. Recorded in June 1987 at St. Augustine's, Kilburn/London, England. First published 1989 by EMI; re-released in 1999 as Virgin Veritas 7243 5 61579 2 7. Total time: 2 hrs and a few seconds.

This is one of those speculative "reconstructions" of a historical occasion, this particular one being more speculative than most, as nobody really knows what part Handel played in the Roman Carmelite Vesper for 1707, nor whether his music was actually played there or not, nor if so, by whom, nor whether other composers were involved. Andrew Parrott and his team have decided for practical reasons to include all seven of Handel's extant Latin motets and to embed them in Gregorian chant appropriate for the occasion. I assume that it was also practical rather than theoretical considerations which led Parrott to use female singers rather than boy sopranos or countertenors for the soprano and alto parts - this is thoroughly unhistorical, but understandable as these parts would originally have been performed by "castrati" (who have, thank God, in the meantime died out).

The juxtapositioning of Handel's opulent music - even as a 22-year-old, his interest was mainly in opera - and the dull sobriety of counter-reformation chant can, I suppose, be seen as highlighting the modernity and brilliance of Handel's music, although personally I think I could have appreciated this without the labour of listening to Latin Marian antiphones. Parrott seems to want to emphasize the brilliance of Handel's music with fast tempi, but these tend to put the music under a certain pressure that I felt it could have done quite well without - Handel's music is so wonderful that a more deliberate dwelling on it would have been more than acceptable.

Of the soloists, it is the divine Emma Kirkby who, once again, shines like a star in the artistic universe: both her "Laudate, pueri" and "Haec est regina virginum" are absolute highlights of the set, my only query being as to the rather anglicized pronunciation of Italian ecclesiastical Latin. Others have criticized Jill Feldman ("Saeviat tellus") and felt her voice to be strained, but personally I felt her to be quite delectable, my only stricture being that the smallness of her voice would normally have required a completely different concept from the recording engineer (more on this in a moment). The other soloists fulfilled my expectations, and Emily Van Evera ("Salve Regina") exceeded them. The exception to this was bass David Thomas, who I'm afraid inspired me to use the word "disastrous" in the title of this review - I don't think I have ever heard him sound so hoarse and so unsensitive as he does here. Choir and orchestra are both very good, although I felt that the "Dixit Dominus" for all its drive did not come over as well as on the old Warner-Erato recording by John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir.

Having used the word "disastrous" I need to add two other points that made me feel that this CD set was very ambiguous. One is the engineering. The sound is realistic, for a big church, but distant, there being apparently no supporting microphones to pick out soloists. It may be a problem with my hardware, but I found listening in front of loudspeakers to be a trial, very unsatisfying, and I had almost given up when I changed to headphones and suddenly the whole acoustic seemed to come into focus (although even then there were softer passages when I felt that I would have loved to hear the soloists more loudly and clearly). I'm sure this sound was a deliberate decision by Andrew Parrott, but I really do feel that the kind of sound one can hear on many a studio recording would have been a better choice.

The other "disastrous" factor on this re-issue is the so-called "documentation". Not only are there no texts, but also no indications of who is singing when, no names of orchestra members, no indication of the instruments used and an accompanying essay of less than one page that I found to be thoroughly useless - it would have been simpler and more rewarding if Virgin had simply (with permission, of course) reprinted Stanley Sadie's review of the original issue from "Gramophone Magazine".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delight 5 Oct 2009
By Ethelred - Published on Amazon.com
James Peterson assertion of shrillness is unwarranted. This is a delightful recording; the soloists are superb and the chorus spot-on. My advice: buy it!
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vision of the future emerging from the past 7 May 2004
By Jacques COULARDEAU - Published on Amazon.com
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This young man, only 22 in 1707, has composed here some of the most advanced Vespers of his time if not of all times. He covers an enormous musical range from Gregorian Antiphons to Bach's fugue style and a treatment of instruments and melodies that announces Mozart and all 18th century developments. He is a composer that is able to bring together the heritage of several centuries and the promises of his own time and even his future. He joins heritage and vision in music. What's more he gives to these Vespers a sound and charm that is in the tradition of the Renaissance : the vision of the Virgin is pure, happy, extremely brilliant, beautiful, and absolutely redeeming. No austere element comes into this picture to spoil it. It is Raphael's Virgin, the one we can only see in Dresden in Germany that is projected into our brains, ears, skulls and hearts. Handel is here at his best and yet he is only starting his career and many other bests will come. What's more Andrew Parrott conducts this music with flexibility, brilliance and more than gusto, real enthusiasm. Some wonder how Handel, a German Protestant, could compose such vespers to the Catholic Virgin and for a Catholic religious order. They just don't understand Handel. He is all-inclusive, he is able to absorb, dominate and transcend any style and objective. He knows that music is its own aim and target and not the religious intention. He knows, just like Monteverdi or Bach, that the best way to enhance any religious faith or belief is to provide it with the beauty of the most advanced and varied music one can invent and perform. These Vespers have to be considered as some of the best along with Monteverdi's and Vivaldi's. And they contain no sad lamentation, just the pleasure of knowing that redemption is at the tip of Mary's fingers, provided we can touch her heart. And this music must move her in the deepest layers of her love and care for human sinners, human beings, humanity. In other words this music is a milestone on the road to the Erklärung and the Enlightenment of the 18th century that will produce our modern world. It thus can become an inspiration for the new phase in which we have to navigate towards an ever more humane world. It reverbates with peace and human communion.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contextualization 28 Dec 2007
By Kevin Kimtis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The success of this recording lies in the unique presentation of these wonderful works of Handel. In being recorded in the context of a Carmelite Vespers liturgy, the music takes on a new tone that would certainly be lacking in any other recording. Without this context, we cannot experience the music as it was intended to be experienced. I say, experience, for, in this recording, the music of Handel ceases to be mere 'kunstmusik', but becomes true, functional, prayer as well.
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