Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, 1610


This disc represents a new orchestra partnership for Signum Records with The Orchestra of the Age of the Englightenment, one of London and the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles. Led by Robert Howarth, the recording was made at Kings Place following the orchestras successful 2010 tour of the work.

‘Not all orchestras are the same,’ runs the message on the cover, and it’s true: … a shimmering, captivating choral sound that seems to float effortlessly through the psalms – The Independent

What is impressive is the grammatical sense (underpinned by flexible accentuation) that the choir brings to the projection of the words in Dixit Dominus and at many other places. Also, as we might expect, the instrumentalists are terrific – BBC Music Magazine

In a word it is magnificent … this is one of the most enjoyable I have heard in recent years – MusicWeb International

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Choir of the Enlightenment
Robert Howarth director and harpsichord

RELEASE DATE: 31/01/2011
BARCODE: 635212023723


1. Versicle Respons: Deus in adjutorium/Domine in adiuvandum

2. Psalm: Dixit Dominus

3. Concerto: Nigra Sum

4. Psalm: Laudete Pueri Domine

5. Motet: Pulchra es

6. Psalm: Laetatus sum

7. Motet: Duo Seraphim

8. Psalm: Nisi Dominus

9. Concerto: Audi Coelum


1. Psalm: Lauda Jerusalem

2. Sonata: Sopra “Sancta Maria”

3. Hymn: Ave maris stella

4. Antiphon Substitute: Exultent caeli


5. Magnificat

6. Et exultavit

7. Quia respexit

8. Quia fecit

9. Et misericordia

10. Fecit potentiam

11. Deposuit

12. Esurientes

13. Suscepit Israel

14. Sicut locutus

15. Gloria Patri

16. Sicut erat

17. Antiphon Substitute: Sonata Seconda (Giovanni Batista Fontana)

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