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Monteverdi: Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco [CD plus bonus DVD] [CD+DVD, Colour]

Concerto Italiano , RInaldo Alessandrini , Monica Piccinini , Anna Simboli , Andrea Arrivabene , et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Colour
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B00JJ6QEEC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Vespri, responsorium: Deus in adiutorium meum intende domine ad adiuvandum me festinaRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Antiphona: Egregius christi petrus apostolusRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano0:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Selva morale, psalmus 109: Dixit dominus secondo a 8Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 9:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Canzoni e sonate, sonata in loco antiphonae: Canzon ottava a 8Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Antiphona: Doctrinam apostolicam evangeliste marco commitensRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano0:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Selva morale, psalmus 110: Confitebor tibi domineRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bianchi, Motectus in loco antiphonae: Christe adoramus teRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Antiphona: Ad hec disponente del gratiaRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Selva morale, Psalmus 111: Beatus virRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 7:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Composizioni armoniche Op. 3: sonata in loco antiphonae a 8Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Antiphona: Beate sancte marceRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano0:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Selva morale, psalmus 112: Laudate pueri primo a 5Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 7:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Bianchi, motectus in loco antiphonae: Cantate dominoRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Antiphona: Sancte evangelista marceRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano0:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Selva morale, psalmus 116 : Laudate dominum secondoRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. sonate et canzon, libro sesto: sonata in loco antiphonae a 6Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Selva morale, hymnus: Athleta christi belligerRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Versus, responsorium: Pulchra facie et alacri vultu deprecare, pastor boneRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Antiphona: Post angelicam allocutionemRinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano 1:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Selva morale: Magnificat primo a 8Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano15:53£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Unanimously recognised as one of the leading interpreters of Monteverdi, Rinaldo Alessandrini's recordings have become benchmark references. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of his orchestra, Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini returns to his preferred composer, creating, in the magnificent Basilica of Mantua, an imagined Vespers service for San Marco assembled from various parts of the 'Selva morale e spirituale' and gathering together the sublime Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri, Magnificat...In doing so he has found 'the expressive logic which is at the heart of the liturgies for which this music was composed'. This represents Alessandrini's first volume in a complete recording of the Selva Morale.

Review

It s a treat, intelligently conceived and immaculately executed. --The Guardian

5 STARS thrilling, sonic splendour --Sinfini Music

ALBUM OF THE WEEK '... The most experienced Monteverdians in the business are helped by the thrilling acoustic of the Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara, in Mantua, whose properties are closest to those of St Mark s. The cornetti and trombones sound majestic, but it is the clarity, tonal purity and vivid diction of the vocal soloists and ensemble that make this a triumph.' --Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 24th August 2014

Recording of the Month & Editor s Choice: This reconstruction is as thrilling, stately, dramatic, epic and intimate by turns and stamped with imaginative personality as we ve now come to expect from Alessandrini and his players. --Gramophone

RECORDING OF THE MONTH GRAMOPHONE AWARDS ISSUE 'Concerto Italiano's welcome return to Monteverdi's sacred music ... the closest we will ever get to an authentic Monteverdian venue ... The resonant yet exquisitely transparent acoustic weaves its spellbinding magic on the single voices and accomplished instrumentalists of Concerto Italiano, who navigate their way skilfully through the grandeur, intimacy, rhetorical drama and textural subtlety that the music demands at the drop of a hat ... Concerto Italiano's distinguished performances constitute their most essential Monteverdian work in donkey's years.' --David Vickers - Gramophone Awards Issue, September 2014

Vocal and instrumental contributions are perfectly judged, and the intimate scale of the conception is captured perfectly --Classical Music Magazine

4*/ 4* Alessandrini has years of experience in this field and his musicians are knowledgeable and professional performers. There is superbly stylish singing in Laudate pueri... and terrific duetting between the contraltos in Confitebor. The instruments are tuneful and tasteful... --BBC Music Magazine

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypothetical Vespers 30 Aug 2014
By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a hypothetical programme, assembled by Rinaldo Alessandrini, of Monteverdi sacred works taken mainly from the late 'Selva morale e spirituale' collection of 1640. It forms a plausible and highly effective Vespers sequence, very much in the spirit of the famous 1610 work but showing the subsequent developments in the composer's style and practices. Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano ensemble here consists of a comparatively small group of eight singers but with a goodly complement of fourteen instrumentalists. Their approach is both lively and reflective.

The sequence opens in dramatic fashion with a spirited rendition of the splendidly familiar 'Deus in adiutorium meum' section from the 1610 Vespers, and Monteverdi's following motets are interspersed with antiphons and instrumental sonatas by Gabrieli, Buonamente and Usper - the first time I've come across the latter, but I'm glad to have done so. 'Beatus vir' (track 9), also familiar to many Monteverdians, is a delight, its striding gait beautifully pointed and further enhanced by extremely high quality singing and playing - as is the case, in fact, throughout the disc. The following 8-part Sonata (10) by Francesco Usper, a pupil of Giovanni Gabrieli, brings us an especially splendid, trombone-laden instrumental sound with agile cornett playing, a real treat for those of us who love the sound of early-instrument wind consorts.

'Laudate pueri' (12) is a lovely, tuneful piece, its fine singing graced in particular by the pure, clear voices of the two sopranos Monica Piccinini and Anna Simboli.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor dvd 15 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The cd is good , but the DVD is terrible, very amateurish with no track numbering. Not up to the hype reviews I had read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hypothetical Vespers 30 Aug 2014
By Stephen Midgley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a hypothetical programme, assembled by Rinaldo Alessandrini, of Monteverdi sacred works taken mainly from the late 'Selva morale e spirituale' collection of 1640. It forms a plausible and highly effective Vespers sequence, very much in the spirit of the famous 1610 work but showing the subsequent developments in the composer's style and practices. Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano ensemble here consists of a comparatively small group of eight singers but with a goodly complement of fourteen instrumentalists. Their approach is both lively and reflective.

The sequence opens in dramatic fashion with a spirited rendition of the splendidly familiar 'Deus in adiutorium meum' section from the 1610 Vespers, and Monteverdi's following motets are interspersed with antiphons and instrumental sonatas by Gabrieli, Buonamente and Usper - the first time I've come across the latter, but I'm glad to have done so. 'Beatus vir' (track 9), also familiar to many Monteverdians, is a delight, its striding gait beautifully pointed and further enhanced by extremely high quality singing and playing - as is the case, in fact, throughout the disc. The following 8-part Sonata (10) by Francesco Usper, a pupil of Giovanni Gabrieli, brings us an especially splendid, trombone-laden instrumental sound with agile cornett playing, a real treat for those of us who love the sound of early-instrument wind consorts.

'Laudate pueri' (12) is a lovely, tuneful piece, its fine singing graced in particular by the pure, clear voices of the two sopranos Monica Piccinini and Anna Simboli. Buonamente's 6-part Sonata (16) is another splendid instrumental work with fabulous cornetto playing from Josue Melendez and Andrea Inghisciano, prompting me to say again that these largely unfamiliar but beautifully performed instrumental pieces are among the greatest assets of this recording. This is followed by the short but beautiful concerted hymn setting 'Athleta Christi belliger', another superb piece in spite of its brevity. The programme closes with a majestic Magnificat setting for 8 voices with instruments, sounding especially fine in this vigorous and admirably committed performance.

There's still a further treat in store in the shape of the accompanying DVD, featuring Rinaldo Alessandrini and others in a thoroughly enjoyable mixture of music, commentary in Italian but with English subtitles, table talk, Italian cooking both then and now, all in superb church and domestic settings as appropriate. There's lots of discussion about Monteverdi's early employers the Gonzagas, the composer's development and subsequent work at San Marco, the stile concertato, cori spezzati, and the director's own reflections on the unique contribution to our culture of the great pioneer's music. We hear and watch Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano performing the Usper Sonata and the 8-voice Magnificat, and these sequences make for fascinating viewing as well as listening.

Altogether, the DVD is an enjoyable and informative bonus to an already outstanding CD recording. The booklet is handsomely produced, with excellent notes, all texts and translations, and is further enhanced by reproductions of Carpaccio's splendid tempera 'Lion of St. Mark's' - a welcome change from the tasteless and irrelevant illustrations on the covers of Naïve's Vivaldi series. Monteverdi fans shouldn't hesitate.
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