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.
J. Tracy Mortimore--violone
Mack Ramsey--trombone, cornetto