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Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

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Some people might not have picked the Sixteen, a British choir known for its clean, well-modulated versions of Baroque and Renaissance choral works, often a cappella, as the ideal interpreters of Monteverdi's sprawling, problematical, groundbreaking, and instrumentally accompanied Vespro della beata vergine, better known as the Vespers of 1610. Indeed, this album was released in late 2014, in tandem with a tour visiting various English cathedrals and concert halls, and the tour was the first the group had made with an accompanying instrumental group. The Sixteen is swollen here to between 20 and 22, probably a reasonable size for the scope of the work, a collection of liturgical texts probably connected with a major Marian feast day. The work was composed in Mantua but seems to have had the big, intricate spaces of St. Mark's in Venice as an intended destination, perhaps because the composer was already angling for a post there. Much of its instrumental accompaniment is unspecified, and it may have involved an exceptionally large orchestra like that of the opera Orfeo (1607), which it echoes at several points. These aspects don't come through in the Sixteen's version, which is compact, favors the choir's trademark sound over the orchestra, and uses a fairly small ensemble. On the other hand, one might say that conductor Harry Christophers knows his strengths and plays to them; those accustomed to buying music by the group known as the voices of Classic FM are going to get a good example here, with the Vespers' sober polyphonic choruses coming through cleanly. The soloists are subsumed within the overall concept rather than standing out as individuals, which is par for the course for the Sixteen, although surely a matter of taste in Monteverdi. Something else in the recording's favor is the sound, captured at the smaller St. Augustine's Church in London rather than at one of the tour's larger venues (like Winchester Cathedral). Again, it may not fit Monteverdi, but it fits the Sixteen very well. Christophers does not attempt to solve the problem of the differing "high" and "low" clef readings of the concluding Magnificat, simply presenting the music in both versions in order to fill out the second compact disc.
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1
Vespers of 1610: Deus in adiutorium meum intende
Mark Dobell
00:02:04

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

2
Vespers of 1610: Dixit Dominus
Harry Christophers
00:07:07

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Charlotte Mobbs, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

3
Vespers of 1610: Nigra sum
The Sixteen
00:03:35

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

4
Vespers of 1610: Laudate pueri
The Sixteen
00:06:00

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - Eamonn Dougan, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Simon Berridge, MainArtist - Ben Davies, MainArtist - Charlotte Mobbs, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

5
Vespers of 1610: Pulchra es
Harry Christophers
00:03:58

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher - Charlotte Mobs, MainArtist

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

6
Vespers of 1610: Laetatus sum
The Sixteen
00:06:31

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

7
Vespers of 1610: Duo Seraphim
Harry Christophers
00:05:47

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Ben Davies, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

8
Vespers of 1610: Nisi Dominus
The Sixteen
00:04:48

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

9
Vespers of 1610: Audi coelum
Harry Christophers
00:07:54

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

10
Vespers of 1610: Lauda Jerusalem (High)
The Sixteen
00:04:12

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

11
Vespers of 1610: Sonata sopra Santa Maria
The Sixteen
00:06:15

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

12
Vespers of 1610: Ave maris stella
Harry Christophers
00:07:57

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - Eamonn Dougan, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Charlotte Mobbs, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

DISC 2

1
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Magnificat
The Sixteen
00:00:42

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

2
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Et exultavit
Harry Christophers
00:01:14

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

3
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Quia respexit
The Sixteen
00:01:13

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

4
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Quia fecit mihi magna
Harry Christophers
00:01:05

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Eamonn Dougan, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Ben Davies, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

5
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Et misericordia
The Sixteen
00:01:54

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

6
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Fecit potentiam
The Sixteen
00:00:59

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

7
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Deposuit potentes
The Sixteen
00:02:27

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

8
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Esurientes
The Sixteen
00:01:22

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

9
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Suscepit Israel
Harry Christophers
00:01:18

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Charlotte Mobbs, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

10
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Sicut locutus est
The Sixteen
00:00:55

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

11
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Gloria Patri
Harry Christophers
00:02:33

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

12
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (High): Sicut erat
The Sixteen
00:02:06

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

13
Vespers of 1610: Lauda Jerusalem (Low)
The Sixteen
00:04:16

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

14
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Magnificat
The Sixteen
00:00:39

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

15
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Et exultavit
Harry Christophers
00:01:14

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

16
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Quia respexit
The Sixteen
00:01:15

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

17
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Quia fecit mihi magna
Harry Christophers
00:01:05

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Eamonn Dougan, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Ben Davies, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

18
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Et misericordia
The Sixteen
00:01:49

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

19
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Fecit potentiam
The Sixteen
00:00:57

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

20
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Deposuit potentes
The Sixteen
00:02:23

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

21
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Esurientes
The Sixteen
00:01:20

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

22
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Suscepit Israel
Harry Christophers
00:01:20

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Charlotte Mobbs, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

23
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Sicut locutus est
The Sixteen
00:00:55

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

24
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Gloria Patri
Harry Christophers
00:02:36

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble - Harry Christophers, Conductor - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

25
Vespers of 1610, Magnificat (Low): Sicut erat
The Sixteen
00:02:00

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Möseler Verlag Wolfenbüttel, MusicPublisher

(C) 2014 The Sixteen Productions (P) 2014 The Sixteen Productions Ltd.

Album Description

Some people might not have picked the Sixteen, a British choir known for its clean, well-modulated versions of Baroque and Renaissance choral works, often a cappella, as the ideal interpreters of Monteverdi's sprawling, problematical, groundbreaking, and instrumentally accompanied Vespro della beata vergine, better known as the Vespers of 1610. Indeed, this album was released in late 2014, in tandem with a tour visiting various English cathedrals and concert halls, and the tour was the first the group had made with an accompanying instrumental group. The Sixteen is swollen here to between 20 and 22, probably a reasonable size for the scope of the work, a collection of liturgical texts probably connected with a major Marian feast day. The work was composed in Mantua but seems to have had the big, intricate spaces of St. Mark's in Venice as an intended destination, perhaps because the composer was already angling for a post there. Much of its instrumental accompaniment is unspecified, and it may have involved an exceptionally large orchestra like that of the opera Orfeo (1607), which it echoes at several points. These aspects don't come through in the Sixteen's version, which is compact, favors the choir's trademark sound over the orchestra, and uses a fairly small ensemble. On the other hand, one might say that conductor Harry Christophers knows his strengths and plays to them; those accustomed to buying music by the group known as the voices of Classic FM are going to get a good example here, with the Vespers' sober polyphonic choruses coming through cleanly. The soloists are subsumed within the overall concept rather than standing out as individuals, which is par for the course for the Sixteen, although surely a matter of taste in Monteverdi. Something else in the recording's favor is the sound, captured at the smaller St. Augustine's Church in London rather than at one of the tour's larger venues (like Winchester Cathedral). Again, it may not fit Monteverdi, but it fits the Sixteen very well. Christophers does not attempt to solve the problem of the differing "high" and "low" clef readings of the concluding Magnificat, simply presenting the music in both versions in order to fill out the second compact disc.
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