It was in July of the year 1610 that the great Vespro della Beata Vergine by Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi were published. Revolutionary for its time, the Vespers foreshadow the glory of Baroque music that culminated in works such as Handel's Messsiah. With twenty-five parts in play, Monteverdi masterfully handles complex instrumental textures with precise dramatic and emotional effect. This truly astonishing piece glides from monumental to intimate moments, with sacred and secular music, through a vast array of musical forms.
Enjoy this fantastic recording of Monteverdi's Vespers sung by the Rodolfus Choir, drawn from the talented group of choral scholars attending Eton College's summer school.
Learn more about the Renaissance and Baroque periods music with our Classical Academy guides, or alternatively you can explore our timeline to find out where Monteverdi fits in the history of classical music.