Friday 14 July 2017 7.00pm
Monteverdi Vespers at Cheltenham Festival
About this concert
Monteverdi’s great Vespers of 1610 were written as an ‘audition’ for the job of Maestro di Capella at St Mark’s, Venice, and it’s little wonder that he got the job; the piece is a dazzling demonstration of the great Italian composer’s genius, juxtaposing intimate, prayerful moments with rich, virtuosic music.
From the opening cornett and sack but fanfares ﬁlling the rafters of Gloucester Cathedral, The Academy of Ancient Music bring exuberance and ﬂair to evoke the golden grandeur of Monteverdi’s Venice.
"The Choir of the AAM sings with fine clarity... Everything else was expressive." FINANCIAL TIMES