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

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  • Orchestra: Concerto Italiano
  • Conductor: RInaldo Alessandrini
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Colour
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B00JJ6QEEC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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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

RECORDING OF THE MONTH 'Alessandrini has drilled his players so successfully that they carry all the power of a chorus at full steam combined with the virtuosity of a quartet … The wind instruments, so important to the concept are brilliantly played, with bright, laughing cornetts and dark, chewy trombones underpinning the whole texture poverty effectively … a marvellous achievement, and an exciting addition to the discographies of both Alessandrini and Monteverdi himself.' --Simon Thompson Music Web International, 7th November 2014

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

BBC RADIO 3 CD REVIEW CRITICS CHOICE OF THE YEAR 2014 'I enjoy the sound of this a lot we can hear from that recording just how resonant it is, the acoustic is glorious, the cornets, the violins, they re played so beautifully, so sweet, really crisp' --Flora Wilson BBC Radio 3 CD Review, 20th December 2014

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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By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2014
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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By Bollard TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2016
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For a 5 star review that's a mile better than this one, read Stephen Midgley's. All I can say is that I've heard a fair bit of Monteverdi in my time but, in terms of acoustical perfection, the Basilica Santa Barbara in Mantua, where this was recorded, is stunning, with just the right amount of reverberation. The sound quality is outstanding, with every instrument picked up (as far as I can tell) and the whole musical stage detailed and pure. The singing is excellent - only eight performers (two each SATB) - and the playing more than a match, with the brass parts coming through deep and rich. (You'll find it hard to believe that there are only fourteen players.) Even if you don't have any sympathy for the text, you can immerse yourself in the sound just the same. The pacing is dead right and the entire concept is a triumph for Alessandrini. I don't normally like 'best of' recordings but for this recreation of vespers using works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and 'anon' I am glad I made an exception.

*Not a 'verified' purchase as I bought from Presto Classical.
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Wonderful music by Monteverdi. Considered the album of the year by many critics. A great place to start.
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By Nike on 13 April 2015
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Lovely. Sang second Tenor in Hereford Cathedral for the first performance in UK.
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VERY GOOD
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