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Monteverdi: Vespers [Double CD]

The King's Consort , Robert King , Claudio Monteverdi Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (2 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000F9SZ9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Deus in Adiutorium Meum Intende
2. Dixit Dominus
3. Nigra Sum
4. Laudate Pueri
5. Pulchra Es
6. Laetatus Sum
7. Duo Seraphim
8. Nisi Dominus
9. Audi caelum
10. Lauda Ierusalem
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Magnificat
2. Anima mea Dominum
3. Et Exultavit Spiritus Meus
4. Quia Respexit Humilitatem
5. Quia Fecit Mihi Magna
6. Et Misericordia Eius
7. Fecit potentiam in brachio suo
8. Deposuit Potentes De Sede
9. Esurientes Implevit Bonis
10. Suscepit Israel puerum suum
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal. 13 Feb 2013
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It is worth researching the different versions of the Vespers as there is often some doubt and scholarly dispute over exactly what was performed and in what order. In this version of the vespers the two versions of the Motet and the Missa In Illio tempore are included, which is essentially most of Monteverdi's 1610 publication. No antiphons are included, but personally I do not miss them! But also the duo seraphin are sung, rather than played by violins or organs as it seems to be in some versions (sorry can't remember which ones). Everything is also in the 'correct' order.

Generally the solo singing is excellent, nice, crisp and beautifully sung. In particular the du seraphin, which is a a duet then a trio, is exceptional. The choir is full of energy, and large scale. Overall the drama of the piece is caught. My only quibble is that perhaps the acoustic are too reverberant for the large choir, and the words are definitely lost as in the start of Nsi Dominus, but this does no detract from the drama of the piece.

There is also a generous booklet, with full 'libretto' in latin and english.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Choral Extravaganza 23 Feb 2013
By Weenson
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My third recorded version of Monteverdi's Vespers and quite possibly the one to take to a desert island. The performances of choir and singers in this two disc set are all sublime and while the set would have stood alone very well with just the Vespers, you do get a bonus in the Magnificat a 6 and the ethereal Missa In illo tempore. Not an inexpensive double disc set it must be said but even at full price, this would be a substantial buy in every way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monteverdi 1610 Vespers 10 May 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
I confess, I'm a huge fan of Monteverdi. His music just sings to me, in the same way that Giovanni Gabrieli's music calls to me. It speaks directly to the soul. But I don't mean that to sound crazy; Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 soar majestically, lyrically, beautifully. They range from intimate strings, to huge choral voices that you can just imagine echoing around St Marks in Venice, or St Peters in Rome. Vast numbers of expert singers, talented musicians and soaring spaces to take the voices direct to Heaven.

This 1610 publication was produced by Monteverdi while he was choirmaster to Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua. Monteverdi's music of the time was conservative, yet innovative; designed to appeal to the Counter-Reformation papacy and to prove his musical composing abilities. I'd say he succeeded.

Robert King and the King's Consort approach this music with great empathy and learned interpretation as always. I would have to say I always know any cd with these performers is bound to be hugely satisfying to me as a listener. The booklet offers full details of the work, and a full transcription of the lyrics. This music, and this 2-cd set, is as the booklet says "massive, sumptuous". I agree, and I love it. It is never clouded, over-busy or lost in its own grandeur. It is over two hours of near perfection. Guaranteed to give you goosebumps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've discovered Monteverdi 18 Sep 2012
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I have started exploring ancient music and I targeted the "1610 Vespers" by looking at other reviews. It's just excellent, ethereal music and very good production. Listening to this led me on to buying, "Monteverdi meets Jazz" making me realise how such brilliant music can lend itself to contemperory rendition as can Bach, for instance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the beauty of English Choir 6 Oct 2010
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There is a very interesting aspect of the energy of an Italian composer whose music is actually performed in England.There are exceptions everywhere, Handel masterpieces started with Rispoli in Tuscany.
I would not see Verdi well performed by Londoners rather than Milanese orchestras.
But Monteverdi is a different thing altogether. And the magnificence of the Vespers lately played this years at the Proms was at the top of my ratings.
Then I remembered how important was Thomas Tallis in his Tudor's days. There is a choir school in UK which I find unbeatable thanks to the genius of Tallis and Monteverdi in this case is at home. I never liked his music until I heard this very cd!
The Italian modern performance either is infected by a bug called Vatican Style the which vibrations drop down to my toes or is to be performed with the typical perfection of the Italian authorities forgetting the spirit, the heart and the passion of Monteverdi in his days. Let's not forget that he had a hard time, like other artists in his days the Vatican had infinite resources and had expectations so dodging was very difficult.
You will never regret to buy this cd because is special, the recording is superb, plenty of emotions.
It is recommended the use of a good stereo equipment obviously but also driving a car can become relaxing.
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