Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (1989) Archiv 429 5652
John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir have had a long and special relationship with the Vespers of 1610 going all the way back to their groundbreaking recording of the mid-1970s.
When they recorded the work again in 1989 they travelled to St Mark’s, Venice – Monteverdi’s spiritual home – where the glorious acoustics and intricate architecture provided a sumptuous stage for the performers.
Their approach is high-octane – dramatic, sensual and highly inflected – and in their balance between theatrical excitement and glittering grandeur they capture the very essence of Venetian flamboyance. One of the most thrillingly atmospheric recordings of Baroque choral music ever made.