Monteverdi: 'Vespro della Beata Vergine'

(Vespers of 1610)

The Magdalena Consort's scintillating performances of this iconic work demonstrate again the power of individual voices to project drama. Our approach - generally having a single singer or player on each part - is likely to be close to how Monteverdi conceived his vivid sound-world, reflecting his practice both in sacred music and opera itself. Performed like this, the requirements are for ten voices and thirteen instruments, which include the colourful sounds of cornetts, sackbuts, lute and harp.

The group brings together a stellar line-up of both vocal and instrumental soloists, creating a team of a quality rarely heard in a single performance.

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