Vespro della Beata Vergine
Alexandra Stevenson soprano
Lucy Cronin soprano
Andrew King tenor
Nicholas Hurndall Smith tenor
Paul Young tenor
Thomas Humphreys bass
Edmund Danon bass
Monteverdi String Band
English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
Monteverdi’s 1610 publication of music for a service of Vespers in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary; shorter pieces for smaller groups of singers suitable for court chapels; and a mass in a self-consciously rigorous and antique style, is one of the most investigated, argued-over and loved in the history of music. There isn’t even agreement over the translation and interpretation of the title page, let alone the music. A performance might well bring scorn upon the conductor from some of his best friends and, whatever (s)he does, someone will disapprove.
David Hansell has studied the music and the scholarly arguments over many years, and many performances, and is absolutely confident that he has ‘got it right’… at least in terms of these performers and this occasion!
All the music was written for performance during church services and sounds at its best when at least something of that context is re-created by the addition of additional music – instrumental, simple plainchant and choral motets. Not only will we be doing this but we shall also be using the full range of instruments specified by Monteverdi (this is often not done) – balanced six part ensembles of strings and brass, supported by organ and one of the largest lutes in captivity. We don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling some of the surprises but in our beautiful and relatively intimate venue you will be able to hear and enjoy them all.
The concert will start at 7.30pm and is expected to finish by 9.15pm
£20; early booking discount price of £18 available until 5th November, subject to availability
£5 for under 18s
Group discounts are available – please contact box office for more information.
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