Four centuries old and more popular than ever, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) – better known as Monteverdi's Vespers – is either one of the last great masterpieces of Renaissance music or one of the first stirrings of the Baroque: a landmark work.

You won’t hear it played in its entirety very often, because its intricate harmonies and virtuoso solo parts constitute a monumental test of any ensemble that attempts it. But with a well-established reputation as one of the best European early music groups, multiple Gramophone Award winners Concerto Italiano are renowned worldwide for their performances of this work. 

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"Completely special" –The Dominion Post review.

"Beauty, wonderment, excitement and depth of feeling ... a truly festive occasion" – Middle C review.

A performance to remember, says NBR review.

Why the sun never sets on Monteverdi's Vespers, in ARTicle (including Concerto Italiano's "revelatory" recording).

Rinaldo Alessandrini interview on RNZ Concert's Upbeat.

Concerto Italiano feature in New Zealand Herald

Saturday 27 Feb

Michael Fowler Centre

1hr 45mins (inc 20min interval)