Plymouth Philharmonic Choir – Monteverdi Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)
Monteverdi’s Vespers was written over a hundred years earlier than some of the other big guns in Baroque choral repertoire, like Handel’s Messiah, or Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Yet performances only started happening during the 1930s, spurred on by the post-war interest in early music.
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Sunday November 26 in Plymouth Guildhall at 7.30pm
Monteverdi’s Vespers has been described as a ‘towering masterpiece’. It is intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual – a dizzying array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses, and moving solo arias and duets.
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It was refreshing that Plymouth Philharmonic Choir had chosen a lighter programme for their summer concert, as the sun streamed through the stained-glass windows into the hall.
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Playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw wasn’t overly impressed by Mendelssohn’s Elijah, when he wrote that he’d sat through a performance as an act of professional devotion.
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