Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

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On Tour Fall 2014

The structure and counterpoint of the West
The exotic flamboyance of the East.
They met in Venice in 1610 – and the splendor resounded.

With this choral masterpiece, Monteverdi forged a dramatic and vivid new musical style, evoking the struggle between the archaic with the revolutionary. This work has been a signature piece for Apollo’s Fire and award-winning conductor Jeanette Sorrell for 15 years. It was hailed as “the smash hit of the season” when Apollo’s Fire introduced it to Cleveland. Since then, Apollo’s Fire has released an internationally acclaimed CD of this work, which made the Billboard top 10 during their national tour of the Vespers on 2010.

Apollo’s Fire tours the Vespers with 7 vocal soloists, the renowned professional chamber choir Apollo’s Singers, and an orchestra of gleaming period instruments, including theorbos and sackbuts. This vibrant company of artists is delighted to bring Monteverdi’s chef-d’oeuvre to new audiences across the country.

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Oliver Mercer, tenor
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Molly Quinn, soprano
Nell Snaidas, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
Jesse Blumberg, bass
Jonathan Woody, bass

Praise for Apollo’s Fire’s CD recording of the Vespers – a Billboard classical bestseller!

“The entire account [of Monteverdi's Vespers] was an Apollo’s Fire triumph. Sorrell must be one of the best conductors around in this repertoire. In her hands, the glory of Monteverdi’s accomplishment couldn’t have been more radiant or moving.”
– THE PLAIN DEALER

“Exultant… instrumental colours blaze brilliantly.” 
– THE SUNDAY TIMES, LONDON

Hear the music

Deus in adjutorium
Lauda Jerusalem
Gloria Patri
Sicut erat
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“A stunning achievement… It wins out handily over William Christie’s versions and other recent issues.”
- FANFARE

“Sorrell and her fine young choir lavish attention on every phrase and inflexion. The exhilaration and sense of discovery is utterly infectious… An unanticipated delight.”
– INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW (UK)

“Resplendent . . . with vibrant attention to dramatic detail… In short, a thriller from first note to last.”
– THE PLAIN DEALER

Artwork: Venice with the Dogana and the Church of S. Maria, Muller, William James (1812-45) / © Bury Art Gallery and Museum, Lancashire, UK / Bridgeman Images