This album represents a new partnership between Signum Records and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, one of London’s and the World’s leading period-instrument ensembles. This premiere disc features Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin written in 1610, marking the work’s 400th anniversary.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is a world renowned orchestra which plays on original instruments to bring out the very best of classical music as it was intended to be heard. With their home in Kings Place, its players lead the Orchestra themselves with a commitment, enjoyment and energy which translates directly into the quality, vitality and dynamism of each performance. The Orchestra’s uniquely versatile and pioneering spirit of music making encourages a warmth and involvement which makes every performance an edge-of-the-seat experience for performers and audiences alike.
Recording of the Month
John Sheppard - Musicweb-international.com - 31 March 2011
"...it’s hard to resist Monteverdi’a luscious soundworld ... The Choir of the Enlightenment sings with the light freshness and clarity which have now come to be firmly associated with Baroque performances ..." ****
Warwick Thompson - Classic FM Music Magazine May 2011
"... a shimmering, captivating choral sound that seems to float effortlessly through the psalms." *****