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Vespers 1610, An Early Music Blog

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Coming back

5 September 2016

Reviews, news, and some things that don’t rhyme with “ooze.” Posting soon.

Best of the Year 2013

28 December 2013

One of the advantages of not having to regularly write reviews – like I did for my Ariama job or Early Music America magazine — is having the freedom to listen to whatever...

Green Mountain Project 2013

21 December 2012

How many live performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 have you attended? Let me rephrase the question, how often have you heard the Vespers performed by critically acclaimed...

1640 Vespers

1 January 2012

In 17th-century Italy, vespers (the chief evening service of  the Office, the daily cycle of prayer) were celebrated with lavish music on special feasts. A vespers service contains...