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Wonderful! Do the first two reviewers know 17th-century music at all?

I am familiar with this music and this recording and both are positively splendid; IF you like late Renaissance/early Baroque religious music. This recording was of a live performance in San Marco, Venice, Italy - Monteverdi's post in the early 17th Century - so the sound is very lively. This version highlights Monteverdi's operatic style. It is very spectacular, a fitting approach, given that this Vespers was composed to "wow" those at San Marco who would be in the position to hire him. Impress them apparently he did, because he got the job, at that time the most prestigious church music post in Europe. No, liturgical purists might balk at this performance. For those people, I recommend the Andrew Parrot recording on EMI. It is a more liturgically "correct" performance, but personally I find that version pretty weak tea indeed, compared with this Gardiner one.

The Master of his Era

Monteverdi was one of the great composers of his era. This music is so beautiful it can make your head spin. Monteverdi was great at both secular and vernacular music. This album is just a tiny bit of Monteverdi's output.


Born: April 20, 1943 in Springhead, Dorset, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s

John Eliot Gardiner is one of the leading conductors in the active authentic performances movement in England, performing Baroque music but also extending his range into later repertoire. He first conducted at the age of 15, and after finishing school he studied at King's College, Cambridge. While still an undergraduate, he conducted the combined Oxford and Cambridge Singers on a 1964 tour of the Middle East and founded the Monteverdi Choir, which has consistently performed on his recordings since....
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Aug 04, 1994

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