MONTEVERDI Vespers of 1610

“Superb energy and clarity… a wholly exhilarating evening.”
– SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (review of Apollo’s Fire’s Monteverdi Vespers concert at Cal Performances, Berkeley)


Monteverdi’s groundbreaking masterpiece has been a signature piece for Apollo’s Fire for over 15 years. GRAMMY®-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell and her vibrant company of artists have performed this resplendent masterwork in over a dozen cities around the U.S. with an orchestra of gleaming period instruments, including theorbos, cornetti, and sackbuts.

As Sorrell says, “Monteverdi was a giant, much like Beethoven. Both stood at the end of one era, on the cusp of a new one. Monteverdi forged the Baroque style out of the end of the Renaissance – through sheer force of will. The sense of struggle is palpable. And so is the triumph.”

From the Critics

The robust and wonderfully vivacious account… was a voluptuous and hugely gripping approach to Monteverdi’s masterpiece. A vast and inviting feast, ranging from exuberant choral explosions to intimate expressions of the amorous. Sorrell and her forces delivered it with superb energy and clarity to put the cap on a wholly exhilarating evening.– SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Sorrell’s brilliance was stamped on every aspect of the performance… She must be one of the best conductors around in this repertoire.
– CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

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“Exultant… instrumental colours blaze brilliantly.”
– The Sunday Times

“Sorrell and her fine young choir lavish attention on every phrase. The exhilaration and sense of discovery is utterly infectious.”
– INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW, UK (CD review)

“Resplendent… brilliantly motivated by Sorrell and performed with vibrant attention to dramatic detail. A thriller from first note to last.”
– THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)