17 Nov 2017

I Fagiolini

  • English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
7:30pm, Sheldonian Theatre
  • Monteverdi Vespers of 1640

In 1640 Monteverdi published a collection of his other church music that hadn’t been contained in the ‘1610 Vespers’ so familiar today.  From this later, no less sonorous or virtuosic collection, I Fagiolini and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble offer a Vespers for a Venetian event with which we know Monteverdi to have been involved towards the end of his life – a magnificent celebration of the Feast of St John the Baptist.  Monteverdi’s fabulous psalm settings form the main part of this programme alongside a grand three-choir Magnificat by Gabrieli.

This is the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth and I Fagiolini’s own 30th anniversary year.  Join us for a fitting celebration with a group that  has done so much to bring fresh life and vigour to this splendid composer’s work.

‘…a style that is at once true to the period but communicative to today’s listener.’  Daily Telegraph


The Mary Pye Memorial Concert

End time c. 9:45pm