English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir Play Monteverdi's Vespers

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gardiner conducting at Carnegie Hall in 2012 (Melanie Burford for NPR)

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. 


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

We asked you to share your thoughts during the concert on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CHLive. Below is a collection of your tweets and photos.

Comments [6]

Sonia Csaszar from Chicago

Dear Producers,

Who is the announcer for your Carnegie Hall program? He could use some coaching with his Italian pronunciation! Today, before and after the Monteverdi's Vespers he mentioned the instrument "chittarrone" pronouncing it as literally as he could! The correct pronunciation is [Kitarrone]. I think I've been too spoiled by WFMT's announcers.

Otherwise, a wonderful performance!

Thank you,

Sonia Csaszar

Aug. 26 2015 11:34 PM
Gev Sweeney from OCean Grove, New Jersey

Excellent! Thank you! Now I can listen to the sections I missed when my laptop crashed during the performance ...

May. 04 2015 08:21 PM

Exquisite. Only better to be there.

Apr. 30 2015 09:55 PM

Please, headline writers, learn the difference.

English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir Play Monteverdi's Vespers

Nope. They perform the Vespers. The Baroque Soloists play, and the Monteverdi Choir sings. Ddetails.


Apr. 30 2015 09:47 PM
George from Flatbush

What happened to the Brooklyn Youth Chorus they were listed here and now they aren't

Apr. 30 2015 07:57 PM
Carol from NYC

I can hardly wait! He's a fantastic conductor....I know, I sang with him and the group years ago in London. His Monteverdi is impeccable...maybe at times a bit too perfect, but the love he has for this composer is so evident --- you just want to go on and on listening to his music. I will be at the Orfeo to cheer him on!

Apr. 28 2015 12:35 PM

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