Venetian Vespers

Saturday 29 October 2016    7.30 pm    Prior Park Chapel



You can read a review of this concert here.


For its autumn concert, Bath Bach Choir transports us back to 17th-century Venice

to recreate a Vespers service as it might have been heard in St Mark's Basilica.

With radiant, lilting, Italian music composed by Monteverdi and his contemporaries (Rovetta, Legrenzi, Grandi), this imaginary Vespers consists of five psalms, three solo motets (by Monteverdi) and a seven-part Magnificat by Giovanni Rigatti to finish.

All the movements are accompanied by two violins in authentic 17th-century Venetian style, enhanced by the traditional sound of sackbuts (forebears of the modern trombone), with continuo provided by organ and cello.
The concert takes place in the atmospheric chapel at Prior Park College, a building inspired by early Christian basilicas which features Corinthian colonnades and a coffered barrel vault, and has the perfect ambience for this programme.
The performance will use different parts of the chapel to create a vibrant, spatial sound in parts of the programme which feature double choir, with traditional 'call-and-answer' responsorial singing to take you back to the Venice of 400 years ago.



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