Friday, April 17, 2015

Claudio Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine Performed by the Monteverdi Choir, the London Oratory Junior Choir, the Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, the English Baroque Soloists, and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, Directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner

The missus tells me tears welled up in my eyes when I read the news of this upcoming concert t'other night — Virtuoso vespers. I was three sheets to the wind, but I've been dreaming for more than four centuries a decade of seeing Claudio Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine.

"This grandiose 90-minute piece is not often performed (in fact, it's not known whether Monteverdi himself ever heard it in its entirety).... [and] has always been recognized as a milestone in musical history by one of history's revolutionary composers."

To be performed this Sunday by local ensemble Pegasus Early Music, who say of the Vespers, "This celebrated masterpiece of music is unparalleled for beauty, musical vision, and grandeur."

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