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Dunedin Consort - Monteverdi: Vespers 1610 - De Standaard


18 October 2017
De Standaard
TJB
4 Stars

De Mariavespers van Monteverdi zijn een musicologische Bermudadriehoek. Waarom de muziek geschreven werd, wanneer ze ontstond en welke bezetting of volgorde de nummers uitgevoerd moeten worden: niemand die het weet. Elke nieuwe opname van dit meesterwerk is dan ook per definitie een gooi in het diepe.

Dirigent John Butt stuurde in het verleden originele versies van de Johannes-passe en Messiah de wereld in, maar in de Mariavespers houdt hij de opwellingen onder controle. Geen herschikking van de nummers dus, maar een gevoelvolle, kamermuzikale lezing. Een koortje van solostemmen, een secuur musicerend orkestje en uitgekiende tempo's houden elk detail tegen het licht.

Butt houdt vaart in het verhaal door de motetten aan te pakken als sensuele madrigalen en de psalemn als operakoren. Een plaat die elke barokfan zichzelf mag gunnen. 


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