Saturday 14 March 2015

7.30 pm (ends c.9.45 pm)
Trinity Methodist Church
Cottingham Road, Hull HU5 2EJ
(at the corner of Newland Avenue)

concert 3 image

View of the Bacino Di San Marco
from the Church and Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
by Michele Marieschi (1710-1744)

Monteverdi

Vespers (1650)

Ruth Holton, soprano
Claire Bessent, soprano
Pam Waddington-Muse, contralto
Stephen Muir, tenor
Chris Watson, tenor (by courtesy of the Tallis Scholars)

English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
Hull Bach Orchestra
Conducted by Anthony Ford

For many years now we have given performances of Monteverdi’s
celebrated Vespers of 1610. This was by no means the only setting
of the Vespers which he composed, for he was required to produce
new settings fairly regularly after he had moved from Mantua to
Venice. This year we have decided to perform a setting from the
last years of his life, published in 1650, after his death. The texts
of all the Vespers psalms found in the 1610 Vespers are included
in new settings, as are a number of solo motets. Some of these
pieces include accompaniments for sackbuts, so the performance
will share with the 1610 Vespers much of its sumptuous orchestral
sound. One piece is missing from Monteverdi’s later setting: the
Magnificat, but this was included in a later setting by Monteverdi’s
distinguished successor Cavalli. Some of the solos are also by
other contemporaries of Monteverdi as are choral settings of texts
not found in the 1610 Vespers. This is a rare opportunity to hear
this splendid work, which includes some superb pieces for double
and six-part choir.

English Cornett and Sackbutt EnsemblePhoto of ECSE

We are delighted to welcome to Hull once again the
English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.
With their composition of, typically, 4 sackbuts (Renaissance trombones) and 2 cornetts (a type of curved Renaissance woodwind instrument) this virtuoso period instrument group can impart a uniquely dramatic dimension to any performance of 17th century choral music such as Monteverdi's Vespers. This they have done the world over! They are at the very forefront of the early music scene and very much in demand. If you have not heard them, and even if you have, they are a treat not to be missed.

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