Monteverdi: Vespers 1610 / Butt, Dunedin Consort

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John Butt and the Dunedin Consort present the 1610 Vespers in its customary order with no chant additions, accepting the view that this ‘work’ is...
John Butt and the Dunedin Consort present the 1610 Vespers in its customary order with no chant additions, accepting the view that this ‘work’ is a collection of sacred pieces deliberately ordered in the general shape of an ‘imaginary’ Vespers service. In other words, the Vespers as most people know it.

The result is a ‘chamber’ version in which clarity of detail and the beauty of individual voices (recorded fairly closely and in many places clearly recognisable) provide an alternative to the grand gestures and bold colours of other more monumental performances. It also allows for plenty of attention to text, not just in the solo motets but in the larger psalm-settings as well.

The sound is first-rate as ever from Linn, with a sampled Italian chest organ discreetly adding warmth and incisiveness. With so many Vespers recordings out there, this one joins the ranks of those with both a character of its own and something to say.

– Gramophone


Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 01, 2017


  • UPC: 691062056922


  • Catalog Number: CKD 569


  • Label: Linn Records


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi


  • Conductor: John Butt


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Dunedin Consort