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Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers


Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers

At Washington National Cathedral

January 8-9, 2010


The resonant reaches of Washington National Cathedral provide a magnificent venue for Claudio Monteverdi’s timeless masterpiece  Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, published in Venice in 1610. Monteverdi, a master of both old and avant-garde style, composed a work both retrospective and startlingly new—the grand Psalm settings are meditations on the age-old Gregorian chants, and the “sacred songs” are Monteverdi’s bold introduction of the latest theatrical style to liturgical music. Unlike most modern performances of the  Vespers , the Folger Consort’s period version, without conductor, features one-on-a-part instrumentalists and vocal soloists who also serve as the choir.


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

Robert Eisenstein

Christopher Kendall



Johana Arnold--soprano

Peter Becker--baritone

Francois Loup--baritone

Dustin Lucas--tenor

Michael McCarthy--baritone

Ann Monoyios--soprano

Robert Petillo--tenor

Lawrence Reppert--tenor

Aaron Sheehan--tenor

Matthew Smith--tenor



Julie Andrijeski--violin

Risa Browder-viola

Michael Collver--cornetto

Robert Eisenstein--violin

Nina Falk--violoa

Christopher Kendall--theorbo

John Moran--cello

J. Tracy Mortimore--violone

Mack Ramsey--trombone, cornetto

William Simms--theorbo

Dan Stillman--trombone

Kiri Tollaksen--cornetto

Webb Wiggins--organ

Tom Zajac--trombone


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