Monteverdi Vespers: Vespro Della Beata Vergine

Monteverdi Vespers: Vespro Della Beata Vergine

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

Paul McCreesh has been performing this endlessly fascinating work for a quarter of a century, and records it here for the first time, describing it is a “wonderful, timeless masterpiece”, with “breathtaking moments when Monteverdi takes us to another world.”

Excerpt: “Vespro Della Beata”

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“Ravishing McCreesh… No weak links exist in Paul McCreesh’s new recording… The Gabrieli Consort recording has the finest instrumental playing I’ve heard, and the most literate and intelligent continuo accompaniment.”Bloomberg News

“The Gabrieli Consort’s ensemble singing is crisp, fleet and beautifully articulated… Serious, thoughtful and generally very persuasive…”International Record Review

“The results… are glorious… McCreesh gives us a compelling attempt to place Monteverdi’s settings of the five psalms, the hymn and the Magnificat appropriately amongst the plainsongs and incidental music of a Vespers service.”BBC Music Magazine

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October 2006