Monteverdi – Vespers 1610
The sonic grandeur of Monteverdi’s spectacular masterpiece is expertly realized in this recording by John Butt and the Dunedin Consort.
By any measure, it is difficult to dispute that Monteverdi is the most significant composer in western music during the first three decades of the seventeenth century.At a time of intense experimentation and remarkable stylistic diversity, he was able to develop a compositional logic for virtually every piece he wrote: the rules he pushed to the very limit were more often than not those that he simultaneously set for the work at hand. It was Monteverdi who wrote the most significant and enduring operas, right at the beginning of the tradition, developing tremendous finesse in music drama and characterization.
Simultaneously, he was operating at the very end of the madrigal genre, musically matching several types of literary achievement and developing a subtlety of musical imitation and narration that was scarcely rivalled for many years to come.
Deus in adjutorum
Sonata sopra Sancta Maria
Ave Maris Stella
Sicut erat in principio