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Monteverdi's Vespers - Bath Bach Choir and I Fagiolini

Saturday July 2, 2022 at 19:30
Bath Abbey, Bath
£28, £25, £22, £15, £10; concessions for children under 18 and students
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  1. Vespro della Beata Vergine, 'Vespers' (1610) - Claudio Monteverdi

Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine of 1610 – more often known as the Monteverdi Vespers – is a piece of groundbreaking early 17th-century music in honour of the blessed Virgin Mary that lifts the soul with its emotional depth, sensuality and joy. Resonating down the ages, the music demonstrates the genius of a musician who was on his way to becoming maestro di capella at St Mark’s in Venice.

In its time, it was unprecedented in scale, with seven solo singers, a chorus that divided into 10 parts and a colourful orchestra of strings, theorbos, cornetts and sackbuts. Much was left to the conductor to determine who sang or played what, as the movements wove their way between intimate, even erotic solo motets and opulent, dramatic choruses.

This vibrant midsummer concert, celebrates one of Bath Bach Choir's 75th anniversary celebration concerts in 2022 in an authentic interpretation of this masterpiece of early baroque expression.

“The end of all good music is to affect the soul.” – Claudio Monteverdi

Bath Abbey

I Fagiolini

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