'Monteverdi - The Other Vespers' tops specialist classical charts

Posted on 9 May 2017

The CD, released by the ensemble I Fagiolini and featuring members of The 24, has reached no.1 in the Classical Artist Albums Chart

The aim of the CD, released on Decca Classics, is to move attention away from Monteverdi's much-recorded Vespers of 1610 onto the later Venetian 1641 collection. The inspiration comes from the occasion on June 24th 1620 when Monteverdi was seen by a Dutch visitor directing the Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist at a church away from St Mark’s. The psalms chosen and the plainchant is for that feast.

As well as the main Vespers items, the recording includes intriguing extras: improvisatory violin sonata, sensuous Song of Songs motet, and most unusually divisions (ornamentation) based on music by Palestrina and performed by the ravishing soundworld of cornetto muto and four voices.

The 24 will be performing on the launch night for the York Festival of Ideas on Thursday 6 June. You can book tickets for the event, entitled Broadcasting the Brightest Minds, on the Festival of Ideas website.

I Fagiolini is a British solo-voice ensemble directed by Robert Hollingworth. The group is Associate Ensemble at the University of York. You can view more of their work and upcoming projects on their website. 

The 24 is a professional-standard choir of 24 voices, made up of undergraduate and postgraduate students, conducted by Robert Hollingworth. Keep up to date with their most recent news and events on their Facebook page