Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Gloucester Cathedral

Saturday, 23rd June 2018 at 7:00pm; Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester GL1 2LX.

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We venture into the marvellous Venetian sound world, performing in the superb surroundings of one of our greatest English cathedrals. Monteverdi bridges the Renaissance and Baroque eras with his revolutionary musical ideas that strike us as remarkable even after 400 years. Contrasting soloists and full choral sound, including antiphonal choirs and echoes, with period instrumental orchestral ‘choirs’, you will certainly enjoy hearing these exciting responses, psalms, hymns, motets and, as the finale, the Magnificat (song of the Virgin Mary) in historic Gloucester Cathedral. We are certainly looking forward to performing them and hope to see you in the audience.

City of Birmingham Choir
QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
Musical & Amicable Society
soloists to be announced
Adrian Lucas conductor

Claudio Monteverdi – Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of 1610)

Tickets are available from Gloucester Cathedral box office. Click the BUY TICKETS link to go to the booking site. Price ranges £25.00, £21.00, £18.00, £10.00.

‘The Vespro della Beata Vergine, Monteverdi’s first published sacred music since the Madrigali spirituali of 1583, consists of 14 components: an introductory versicle and response, five psalms interspersed with five “sacred concertos” (Monteverdi’s term),[88] a hymn, and two Magnificat settings. Collectively these pieces fulfil the requirements for a Vespers service on any feast day of the Virgin. Monteverdi employs many musical styles; the more traditional features, such as cantus firmus, falsobordone and Venetian canzone, are mixed with the latest madrigal style, including echo effects and chains of dissonances. Some of the musical features used are reminiscent of L’Orfeo, written slightly earlier for similar instrumental and vocal forces.’ (Wikipedia)

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