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Dunedin Consort - Monteverdi: Vespers 1610 - The Observer


24 September 2017
The Observer
Nicholas Kenyon
4 Stars

Having placed Bach’s St John Passion in its liturgical context for recent performances, John Butt’s excellent Dunedin Consort now do the reverse with Monteverdi’s publication of vespers music. Gone are all plainsong antiphons and other contextual additions; what is presented instead is a varied collection of individual pieces of sacred music. This is a shock, though the recording sounds fresh and clear, emphasising transparency without a big reverberant acoustic. 
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