03 February 2013

Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine

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Date CD: May 11, 2004 | Naive | XX:XX

CD 1
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CD 2
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This highly anticipated recording of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine is a new construction by Rinaldo Alessandrini. Alessandrini is one of the world's foremost Monteverdi authorities, and an all-around expert on Baroque music. His 2003 recording of Vivaldi's Vespers garnered a Gramophone Award in 2004. Monteverdi is one of our most important composers, having essentially built the bridge from the Renaissance period to the Baroque. He faced both criticism and fame in his time, as he broke tradition and rule to achieve musical goals that would eventually become the standard. 

Rinaldo Alessandrini's brilliantly realized recording of Monteverdi's Vespers is an intimate, slightly pared down version of the early Baroque masterpiece. Working in the warm acoustic of Rome's Palazzo Farnese, he employs just one singer per part, and eliminates instrumental doublings in the choral movements except where they are expressly indicated. The result is a compact, richly haloed sound that won't ever knock you out of your chair, but which flatters the more intimate solo and duet movements that can sound anemic in grander productions; with the sound gap between the biggest and smallest movements closed, each holds its own within the overall structure of the piece. While Alessandrini deserves credit for his conception and leadership, and especially his insightful treatment of Monteverdi's ever-changing rhythmic flow, it is his group of 12 singers that make the strongest impression. Their cohesive ensemble singing, marked by flawless intonation and richly colored sonorities, has a solidity and emotional resonance worthy of a much bigger group. More importantly, they are unusually interesting soloists, singing with elasticity, expressivity, and tonal warmth without sacrificing exactness. The Concerto Italiano is as good an original instrument ensemble as you're likely to hear anywhere, and its performance here is flawless. The use of fifes, rather than the recorders used in some realizations, adds an appealing color. (by Allen Schrott)


disc 1

Responsorium domine adiuvandum me festina
Psalmus 109. Dixit dominus
Concerto nigra sum
Psalmus 112. Laudate pueri
Concerto pulchra es
Psalmus 121. Laetatus sum
Concerto duo seraphim
Psalmus 126. Nisi dominus
Concerto audi coelum

disc 2

Psalmus 147. Lauda Jerusalem
Sonata sopra Sancta Maria
Ave maris stella
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Rinaldo Alessandrini & Concerto Italiano

I'm resurrecting here some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real project behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the tide. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...


Savallfan said...

Thank you very very much!!! :D

Kwork said...

This one is hugely appreciated. A fantastic performance of a favorite piece of mine. Thank you very much!

Ананасий Непитин said...

thanks a lot!
hope, Alessandrini is crazy enough to turn Monteverdi in the nightmare music-making.

swamielmo said...

i am ready for another recording of this incredible masterpiece. thank you

Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias!+

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!