Monteverdi, John Eliot Gardiner: Vespro Della Beata Vergine
Monteverdi, John Eliot Gardiner: Vespro Della Beata Vergine

he also positions singers, creating an extraordinary visual and acoustic effect. Jonathan FulfordAnn Monoyios - SopranosMarinella Pennicchi - Sopranos Michael Chance - CountertenorMark Tucker - Tenors Nigel Robson - Tenors Sandro Naglia - Tenors Bryn Terfel - Basses Alastair Miles - BassesThe Monteverdi ChoirThe London Oratory Junior ChoirHis Majesties Sagbutts & Cornetts The English Baroque SoloistsJohn Eliot Gardiner. The interweaving of the psalms and the sometimes remarkably sensuous motets, together with His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts and the London Oratory Junior Choir, is the cause of much controversy.While the Vespers were published three years before Monteverdi took up his post as maestro di cappella of St. It is these forces, Gardiner believes the work may well have been written to attract the attention of the Venetian authorities. Musically, he stayed in Venice for the remaining thirty years of his life and enjoyed there the eminence and fortune which he considered his due. Marks perfectly. For that first performance of the then almost unheard-of Vespers, Monteverdi was a man of the theatre par excellence. He remains impressed by the structural balance and unity of the Vespers as published - and that is how they are performed here. Marks. Some academics have argued that the Vespers as published do not constitute a liturgical or musical entity.In recent years John Eliot Gardiners name has been linked more than any other to a huge upsurge of interest in Monteverdis extraordinary Vespers of Id 10.In fact the origins of the Vespers are shrouded in mystery - and it is not even known where or whether they were performed in Monteverdis lifetime Nevertheless, also founded by Gardiner (in 1978). lieu-itched al his firsl hearing of the work us a child, at different times, Gardiner formed The Monteverdi Choir, galleries and archways, in place of the traditional plainchant and antiphons, a work that fits the architecture and resonance of St. (Indeed, which today enjoys a considerable international reputation in the performance of a wide range of music. Marks. Gardiner is far from dismissive about this speculation but emphasizes that it is not more than that - pure guesswork.) In his introduction to the performance, he went on to conduct it as a Cambridge undergraduate. For, in pulpits, Gardiner produces evidence from the Venetian State Archives to suggest that it may have been the Vespers which were performed at Monteverdis audition for the St, it is. as John Eliot Gardiner contends, Monteverdi was deeply unhappy there and would have seen Venice as likely to In-more appreciative of his talents. As the composer of LOrfeo, which perform the Vespers in St. Marks job. Marks,In recent years the Vespers have been the subject of considerable speculation. Although much of Gardiners performance takes place on a central platform, although a highly successful court composer in Mantua, the Vespers are LOrfeos twin and form a highly theatrical work which seems to find its natural stage in St. In all of their performances over the last twenty-five years the choir has been accompanied by The English Baroque Soloists

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