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Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine

With the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists

Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Versailles' Chapelle Royale!

Conducted by the brilliant Sir John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Pages du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles are performing live one of the greatest Baroque period masterpiece. The Vespro delle Beata Vergine was composed in 1610 in Mantua, and is one of the most important works in the world's musical heritage. In 1964, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducted it for the first time, and then he decided to found the Monteverdi Choir. This concert actually marks the 50th anniversary of this world-renowned vocal ensemble.

According to the talented conductor, Versailles' Chapelle Royale is the perfect place to perform this masterpiece, because the spatial disposition makes the audience experience the feeling of Renaissance concerts: the architecture and the various levels enhance the echo and the dialogs between the singers, performing from different heights. Alongside the accomplished John Eliot Gardiner, you will discover a powerful distribution.

Back in 2010, John Eliot Gardiner had already conducted the Vespro at Versailles' Chapelle Royale, winning broad acclaim; this is the reason why it was decided to film the 2014 concert. Don't miss this unique performance, available on!

Picture: John Eliot Gardiner © Sheila Rock/Decca.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Monteverdi: excerpt from the Vespers:

Broadcast date : March 13, 2014, 7 p.m.

Silvia Frigato soprano
Emanuela Galli soprano
Raffaele Pè alto
Krystian Adam tenor
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Gareth Treseder tenor
Alexander Ashworth bass
Robert Davies bass

The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
Les Pages du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Movie director : Stéphan Aubé

Location : Royal Chapel at Versailles (Versailles, France)
Production date : 2014
Production : Wahoo – Château de Versailles

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