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Monteverdi Vespers

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I'm listening to a lot of Monteverdi at the moment as it's the 450th anniversary of his birth. I was lucky enough to hear his 1610 Vespers at St John's Smith Square last Sunday, performed by Vox aluminise and the Freiberg Baroque Consort. It was a magnificent performance and if you like Monteverdi you can listen to it on the Radio 3 iPlayer as they broadcast the concert last Monday at 19:30. 

The Sonata Sancta Maria and the closing Magnificat in particular were superb. The Sonsta starts at 1hour 13 mins and is an absolute delight.

Happy listening.

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Wrong thread!

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My favourite version is the 1988 Gardiner live performance in San Marco, where it may have been performed (nobody really knows - it might only have been a sort of musical CV to get Monteverdi a new job). It can be seen here:

A much later version (in the Chapelle Royale in Versailles) may be found here:

Not everyone likes the Gardiner interpretation (a lot of purists say "more Verdi than Monteverdi"), but I like it. Always glad that Gardiner got rid of the red nightshirts!

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