English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir Play Monteverdi's Vespers

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In this broadcast, John Eliot Gardiner led the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir in Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers

John Eliot Gardiner launched his career with a now-famous performance of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers at King's College Chapel, Cambridge in 1964. At the time the English conductor was an undergraduate at Cambridge and rebelling against the received British choral tradition. The piece has remained a cornerstone of his activities, and this month he is bringing it on a six-city U.S. tour with the two ensembles he founded: the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir. 

With the full title Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of the Holy Virgin), the work is a large collection of settings of both liturgical and non-liturgical texts. Its main ingredients include the Mass, psalms and motets written for virtuoso singers. Toward the finale are sonata, hymn, and Magnificat settings devoted to the Virgin Mary.

The performance of this early Baroque masterpiece is part of Carnegie Hall's Before Bach series, which focuses on music written before 1685. 

Program: 

MONTEVERDI Vespro della Beata Vergine

English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor
Francesca Aspromonte, Soprano
Francesca Boncompagni, Soprano
Esther Brazil, Soprano
Mariana Flores, Soprano
James Hall, Countertenor
John Lattimore, Countertenor
Krystian Adam, Tenor
Nicholas Mulroy, Tenor
Andrew Tortise, Tenor
Gareth Treseder, Tenor
Alex Ashworth, Baritone
Gianluca Buratto, Bass
David Shipley, Bass

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