Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Gloucester Cathedral

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

More details in due course – our new venture into the marvellous Venetian sound world, performing in the superb surroundings of one of our great cathedrals.

City of Birmingham Choir
Adrian Lucas conductor

Claudio Monteverdi – Vespro della Beata Vergine

‘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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