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Monteverdi The Other Vespers:Superclub

I Fagiolini
I Fagiolini Published in October 16, 2018, 2:26 pm
 Monteverdi The Other Vespers:Superclub

Monteverdi The Other Vespers:Superclub

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A. Horn
A. Horn Reply to on 14 May 2017
Intelligent programme, exquisitely sung. I Fagiolini are a byword for quality and never disappoint.
CG Reply to on 9 July 2017
Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini have produced a wonderful recording of these masterpieces. The exuberance of the instrumentation, beauty and clarity of the singing is masterful. Fabulous in every way.
Philoman Reply to on 6 August 2018
The CD rounds off Monteverdi in this particular category of his composition. Unfortunately, his many outstanding pieces are to be found elsewhere. Having been spoiled with the latter for years, it is difficult to foresee other than the occasional repeat performance.
Emphatically, there is nothing amiss with the production or the presentation of this CD.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 15 June 2017
An excellent recording for all lovers of the music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries. I'm listening to it a lot!
Leserin Reply to on 2 October 2017
This is a most wonderful CD. I bought it after seeing I Fagiolini in a concert with the same programme.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 25 July 2017
Loved this - previous unknown to me.
john King
john King Reply to on 12 February 2018
Works well with the other 'Vespers.'
MR J. Reply to on 17 February 2018
Beautifully sung
Stephen Midgley
Stephen Midgley Reply to on 17 June 2017
This is a programme based mainly on some of the loveliest works from Monteverdi's 'Selva morale e spirituale' collection, arranged into a celebration in Vespers format. Although quite distinct from his earlier Vespers of 1610, much of the music is just as fine. Works from a few other contemporary composers are included, such as Palestrina, Giovanni Gabrieli, Viadana and Frescobaldi, and they are interspersed with short antiphons. The programme is performed by the excellent early music ensemble I Fagiolini directed by Robert Hollingworth, supplemented by the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and by some additional singers from The 24 (University of York). Altogether, these add up to a substantial group of around sixteen voices and a similar number of instruments.

The opening 'Deus in adiutorium' by Viadana immediately draws attention to one of this recording's great assets, namely the outstanding instrumental work – in this case the beautifully stylish cornetto embellishments. Monteverdi's following 'Dixit Dominus' (track 3) will, like several other extracts from 'Selva morale', be familiar to devoted fans of the composer. It receives a lovely performance here, enhanced by clear, pure voices and again by wonderful instrumental work. Bovicelli's 'Ave verum Corpus', adapted from a secular work by Palestrina (4), is a polyphonic piece but with instrumental embellishments transforming it into a baroque-style work, and with decorations from Gawain Glenton's mute cornetto producing an especially lovely effect.

There are many other highlights including Monteverdi's 'Confitebor tibi' (secondo), a graceful, flowing solo concertato work in triple time (6); the very familiar 'Beatus vir' (9) in a jaunty but beautifully delicate performance; 'Laudate pueri' (12), the duetting sopranos creating lovely vocal and instrumental textures; Castello's Sonata played by violin and organ to elegiac effect (13); and Monteverdi's 'Laudate Dominum' (15) in a lively, bouncy rendition. Gabrieli's polychoral Magnificat setting (20), a little short on melody but rich in passion and sonority, enjoys sumptuous instrumental accompaniment. Francesco Usper's instrumental Sonata a 8 (21), which has appeared a few times before in mixed early-baroque programmes, is played here in majestic manner by trombones with cornetti joining in along the way.

Recorded sound, in the very fine acoustic of St George's Church in Chesterton, Cambridge, is excellent. I could have done with more detail about the individual works in Robert Hollingworth's booklet notes but these are otherwise adequate, and texts and translations are included. Altogether this is a really lovely selection of some of the master's finest works, with a few well-matched pieces from other composers. Performances are outstanding, both joyful and sensitive, and altogether this is a really beautiful Venetian baroque programme.
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Amazon Customer Reply to on 27 May 2017
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