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Vespro Della Beata Vergin [Import]

Christina Pluhar Audio CD
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L’Arpeggiata is a vocal and instrumental ensemble devoted to authentic performance. Its composition and personnel are flexible, but at its centre is its musical director and conductor, Christina Pluhar, whose enthusiasm and expertise galvanise the performances of her chosen musicians.

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  • Audio CD (1 April 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B0046CUK4E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Introitus: Deus in adiutorium meum intende & Toccata: Domine ad adiuvandum me festinaL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Fernando Guimarćes 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Dixit Dominus Domino meoL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Raquel Andueza/Miriam Allan/Luciana Mancini/Jan van Elsacker/Fernando Guimarćes/Fulvio Bettini/Emiliano Gonzales Toro 6:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Nigra sumL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Emiliano Gonzales Toro 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Laudate pueri, DominumL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Nuria Rial/Raquel Andueza/Miriam Allan/Luciana Mancini/Pascal Bertin/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher/Jan van Elsacker/Fernando Guimarćes/Fulvio Bettini/Hubert Cla 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Pulchra esL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Nuria Rial/Raquel Andueza 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Laetatus sumL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher/Jan van Elsacker 6:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Duo SeraphimL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher/Jan van Elsacker 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Nisi DominusL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Nuria Rial/Raquel Andueza/Miriam Allan/Luciana Mancini/Pascal Bertin/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher/Jan van Elsacker/Fernando Guimarćes/Fulvio Bettini/Hubert Cla 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Audi coelumL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Raquel Andueza/Miriam Allan/Luciana Mancini/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher/Jan van Elsacker/Joćo Fernandes 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Lauda JerusalemL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Nuria Rial/Raquel Andueza 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Sonata sopra Sancta Maria Ora pro nobisL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Nuria Rial/Raquel Andueza 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Ave maris stellaL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Nuria Rial/Raquel Andueza/Miriam Allan/Luciana Mancini/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher/Joćo Fernandes 6:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: MagnificatL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Raquel Andueza/Miriam Allan/Luciana Mancini/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Fernando Guimarćes/Fulvio Bettini/Joćo Fernandes0:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Et exultabitL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher/Jan van Elsacker 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Quia respexitL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Fulvio Bettini 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Quia fecitL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Hubert Claessens/Joćo Fernandes0:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Et misericordiaL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Miriam Allan/Pascal Bertin/Jan van Elsacker/Fulvio Bettini/Hubert Claessens/Joćo Fernandes 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Fecit potentiamL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Fernando Guimarćes0:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: DeposuitL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Joćo Fernandes 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: EsurientesL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Nuria Rial/Pascal Bertin 1:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: SuscepitL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Raquel Andueza/Miriam Allan/Emiliano Gonzales Toro 1:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Sicut locutum estL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Markus Brutscher0:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: GloriaL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Luciana Mancini/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. 'Vespro della Beata Vergine' 1610: Sicut eratL'Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar/Nuria Rial/Raquel Andueza/Miriam Allan/Luciana Mancini/Pascal Bertin/Emiliano Gonzales Toro/Markus Brutscher/Jan van Elsacker/Fernando Guimarćes/Fulvio Bettini/Hubert Cla 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Dave
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I already had the Andrew Parrott version which I like for its authenticity (others may argue, but I like it). This is very different. I discovered L'Arpeggiata through Teatro d'Amore which jazzes up Monteverdi in a way that just works. Christine Pluhar takes similar liberties here. It's fun, puts a smile on your face and makes you dance. Not like Vespers really at all, but think of it more as a re-mix with traditional instruments. A good number two version which by taking a different route reveals new life in an old dog.

Look out for other L'Arpeggiata albums as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, unfussy performance 13 Jan 2012
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This beautifully packaged and well-produced CD and DVD features a fairly straightforward interpretation, which I appreciate a great deal. By comparison, performances under the direction of McCreesh or Jacobs sometimes seem heavy-handed and laden with singers using too much vibrato and other features. The result makes it seem as if they are performing a huge choral work from the Romantic era rather than something from the pen of Monteverdi. One or two of the singers in Pluhar's recording have slightly less attractive voices than I would ideally like to hear, but on the whole this seems very well done, and the recording quality is about as good as you can expect, setting the voices and instruments in real and natural acoustic.

Because Pluhar's approach seems essentially right to me I'm giving it five stars, although there are others I like even better. There are two I'd like to mention in particular. If you want to hear naturally beautiful voices, direct and pleasing performances that bring out the melodic and harmonic beauty of this music, and natural-sounding recordings in appropriate acoustic settings, then above all others I've heard I would recommend Jordi Savall's version on Astree (now re-released in SACD-CD format as well as being still available as CD). It is a gorgeous performance, beguiling the listener with its unaffected simplicity and its natural beauty and charm. Next to that, I also like Florian Heyerick on the Rene Gailly label, for many of the same reasons (if you can find it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and original Vespers 15 Jan 2013
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There have been so many recordings of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine, some of them very fine indeed, that it must be getting hard for performers to continue finding anything new to say about the work. However, that's not a problem that's ever got in the way of Christina Pluhar and her L'Arpeggiata ensemble, because every one of their performances and recordings reveals a fresh and stimulating approach to the works in question.

And so it is with the present recording, for this is an exciting, delightful and highly original Vespers performance. Christina Pluhar's own fascinating booklet notes give us a good idea of what to expect - namely something much closer to a 'concert' than a liturgical performance, more intimate in scale than the norm, more secular in character but nevertheless imbued with passionate sincerity and profound commitment. And all this combined with superb musicianship, enhanced by numerous delights both vocal and instrumental - and, in the case of the handsome booklet and the accompanying DVD, visual as well! The spontaneity and energy of the performance make their mark from the very outset in the 'Domine ad adiuvandum' movement, with Doron Sherwin's cornetto weaving magical decorative garlands around the basically simple chant melody. Here and throughout the work, singers and players do a wonderful job, forming a superbly coherent team with excellent balance between voices and instruments.

The energetic 'Dixit Dominus' sounds just as exciting, as are all the other pieces. All the singers are terrific with, for me, especially fine contributions from sopranos Raquel Andueza and Nuria Rial and from tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro; but the distribution of vocal parts is very democratic, so everyone gets a chance to shine - and so they do! There is wonderful impetus and drive to 'Lauda Jerusalem', and the 'Sonata sopra Sancta Maria' is an absolute delight. To finish, the ensemble chooses to perform the 7-voice version of the Magnificat with instruments, with dazzling interludes shared between the various instrumental groups to brilliant effect and including, once again, splendid acrobatics from the cornetti among others.

The whole work is fitted onto one 75-minute CD, and if you go for the Deluxe Edition Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) there is a further bonus in the form of a 22-minute DVD which turns out to be a great asset to the package. It consists of performances of 'Laetatus sum', 'Sonata sopra Sancta Maria' and 'Pulchra es', filmed at the recording sessions, together with 'Dixit Dominus' accompanied by still photos of the performers. The first three items are so lovingly filmed and captivatingly performed that, depending on your inclinations, you might well end up falling in love by the time you've finished watching. In any case, to watch in close-up the concentration, the intensity and the commitment in the faces and body language of the singers and players is a quite fascinating experience in itself.

As befits a work of such stature there are, as I mentioned at the start, many excellent recordings of the Vespers. Not only will a great number of early-music fans already have one or more versions in their collection, but it would take a brave reviewer to single out a candidate for the best version around. So I can only say that, for me, this present disc is certainly one of the very best I have heard, a superb performance and recording with a unique character and, in the case of the Deluxe Edition, with the additional bonus of that fascinating DVD.
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