Friday 14 July 2017 7.00pm

Monteverdi Vespers at Cheltenham Festival

Event details

  • 7.00pm. Gloucester Cathedral, UK

  • Robert Howarth director & harpsichord

  • Rowan Pierce soprano

  • Gwilym Bowen tenor

  • Richard Latham bass

  • Choir of the AAM


  • Monteverdi Vespers (1610)


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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