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Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin [CD]

Claudio Monteverdi, John Eliot Gardiner Audio CD
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  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (3 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0000057DL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Domine ad adiuvandum a 6Nigel Robson 2:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Dixit Dominus a 6Ann Monoyios 7:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Nigra sum a 1Mark Tucker 3:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Laudate, pueri Dominum a 8Ann Monoyios 5:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Pulchra es a 2Marinella Pennicchi 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Laetatus sum a 6Ann Monoyios 6:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Duo seraphim a 3Mark Tucker 6:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Nisi Dominus a 10English Baroque Soloists 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Audi coelum a 8Nigel Robson 8:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Lauda Jerusalem a 7English Baroque Soloists 3:500.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Sonata sopra Sancta Maria a 1English Baroque Soloists 6:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Ave maris stella a 8Michael Chance 8:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Magnificat I a 7Ann Monoyios17:38Album Only
Listen  4. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Magnificat II a 6Mark Tucker18:27Album Only


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2CD English Baroque Soloists, J.E. Gardiner, Monteverdi Koo

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5.0 out of 5 stars A scholar with passion 23 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
To quote somebody-or-other, if this doesn't turn you on you've got no swithches! The whole work is achingly beautiful. It was recorded in St. Mark's Cathedral and the accoustics and atmosphere are both stunning. Gardiner has an academic streak, and the insert booklet reads, in places, like a very good undergraduate essay, where he argues about the degree to which the counter-reformation influenced Monteverdi. I'm sure he's right, and his interpretation doesn't sound up-tight enough to be heavily influenced by some kind of post-Tridentine fortress mentality. Gardiner uses these insights to give his interpretation an authentic, oriental feel.

The first time I heard the Vespers, these were recorded by Jurgen Jurgens. I bought it as a boxed set of LPs, many years ago, now disintegrated. Jurgens is much more precise - the plainsong, for example, could have been done in the Cisteine Chapel. I must admit I like Jurgens the best in this particular instance, although his interpretation is probably less authentic. But that's my personal quirk, and Gardiner, as always, is just wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand without being triumphalist 22 Aug 2010
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Odd how differently people hear this recording. A number of English reviewers' pale sensibilities are offended by the robustness of this performance, whereas American contributors are by and large much more welcoming of Gardiner's large-scale approach. Personally I love its grandeur and attack; it epitomises the renewed confidence and momentum of Catholicism in the Counter-Reformation. If you want restraint and understatement, Andrew Parrot's one-voice-per-part version is for you, but I think his approach severely undermines and mischaracterises the nature of the music and its spiritual inspiration. For me, twenty-five years on, for all that I am by no means an indiscriminate fan of Gardiner's musicianship, this account leaves all others in the dust. It marks a huge improvement on his earlier version and provides the most alluring and seductive introduction possible to Monteverdi's sound-world.

Gardiner's almost aggressively phrased and paced introduction raises fears that he is going to be a gung-ho pace throughout, but he soon relaxes into the lyrical sections of the score and permits his singers the requisite space and freedom to do justice to the lovely melismata, gorgeous suspended harmonies and spicy discords. The spacious acoustic of St Mark's lends weight and nobility the sound without obscuring detail; the recording engineers have achieved a very satisfying compromise between reverberation and clarity. Gardiner has used substantial forces: a big choir and baroque orchestra, sometimes doubling the singers with instruments and choosing soloists who sing out without sounding either "white", hooty and precious or, at the other extreme, too "operatic". In fact the singing is the best feature of this account; both the soloists and choir are stupendously good, especially tenor Nigel Robson.

I place this amongst Sir JEG's finest achievements, something of a benchmark recording. I have certainly never felt the need to own or listen to any other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful work and wonderful performance 2 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First up, cards on the table. Rightly or wrongly, I am an unashamed lover of "Grand" Monteverdi, as opposed to quiet, devotional Monteverdi. The Andrew Parrott version, beloved of the Seventh Day Authenticists, is beautifully sung and played, but doesn't do a thing for me. This does - it is spine-tingling. So Gardiner uses extra brass in the climaxes - so what? It seems just right for Venice, which liked its music grand. The glory of the set is the Monteverdi Choir, which sings simply wonderfully. In short, a brilliant achievement and one in which I'm hard at work wearing out the pits. This is IT, accept no imitations! (Best of all, there's a video of the performance that can be bought from Gardiner's Monteverdi organisation).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music 19 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
i've never heard the Vespers before in full and this is a real treat. My choir is performing this work at the end of March and i am loving playing this CD
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3.0 out of 5 stars A musical dichotomy. 29 Dec 2008
By Cantor
Format:Audio CD
Although the ensemble and chorus are superb, if rather numerous (something which some may dislike), the soloists are embarassments: the very opening of the Vespers is sung in such a way so as to be at least a semitone out before the ensemble and chorus strike up. A minor point in most circumstances, but unforgiveable in a high-profile professional recording being marketed (and priced) as one, especially when one notes that the soloist had the note pitched correctly, but slides off it and on again for goodness knows what reason. The soloists continue to disappoint: there appears to be a competitive streak, and not a healthy one, in the concerto Duo Serpahim, resulting in a lack of cohesion and causing a general... messiness (try listening to the preview). This rather uninspiring approach to the music pervades the solo works, which is an immense shame: the pace is lively, the dynamics are appropriate, and (as I have noted) the ensemble and chorus are magnificent. I'm currently trying to find an interpretation without such glaring weaknesses, and would urge others to do the same, so as to avoid disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous music Experience! 28 Mar 2014
By capezio
Format:Audio CD
Monteverdi has a high skill on music and this recording is shurely a reference of this work.

There are a full hand of other recordings but, particulary they don't get the right approach.

Some are very interesting but uses one-part-per voice like Parrot and McCreesh.

The first Gardiner on Decca and the Suzuki uses larger forces but are a bit slow on pace making it a bit heavy.

This one receives a dance-like and strong-attack moments that makes it unbeatable.

The McCreash (on a Archiv too) have a nice lead but the one-voice-per choral parts are covered by the strong sounds of the brasses and sacbuts and the use of a bit larger choir as in Gardiner gives an excelent balance to the sound.

Some maybe bother by the voice of the soloists but they're very good. Among them you have Alaistair Miles, Nigel Robson and the now popular Brin Terfel in the begining.

This recording has either a substancial difference from the others because it was recorded on the exact place where it was writen for: the Basilica of St. Marc on Venice and the acustics is simply fabulous.

I either recommend you watch the video of this recording that's simply amazing and has a historic documentary of Monteverdi and the work.

A highly spiritual experience.

Capezio
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars next best thing to the live concert
This recording is superb in every way. Having very recently been to a live concert of John Eliot Gardiner performing this work I feel this recording is of a very high quality and... Read more
Published 21 days ago by P. Fullman
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to have this
The most astonishing staging and interpretation. The execution is delightful, the sound glorious, the atmosphere in St Marks palpable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Real drama in this performance
There are weaknesses in this performance, but the overall the drama and passion of the music is captured to a high degree. Read more
Published 14 months ago by charles whitworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Having read the previous reviews, I agree that this is a beautiful version of Vespers. Good quality recording and sounds wonderful
Published 15 months ago by PhilB
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent interpretation, but dubious recording quality and high price.
While not maybe all things to all men this is still, for me, the best rendering of this music. The sheer drama and flair of the performance is captivating and beautifully played... Read more
Published on 29 July 2010 by R. Fraser
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Monteverdi, not Puccini!
Whilst this recording is, indeed, exciting it provides a very different view of Monteverdi's work. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible compositions from the very beginning of music.
I first listened to this when studying A level music.
The piece starts with a Gregorian chant style, in which I held my head in my hands and thought - "Dear God! Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2005 by Dominicz
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