Nearly four centuries separate Claudio Monteverdi’s monumental Renaissance masterpiece Vespro della Beata Vergine from Gilles Tremblay’s Les Vêpres de la Vierge, commissioned to celebrate the 850th anniversary of France’s Notre-Dame de Sylvanès Abbey in 1986. Yet despite the striking juxtaposition of period and instrumentation, these two magnificent choral works—both taking their titles from Vespers, the Catholic Church’s sunset prayer service, and both evoking the medieval world—express the same profound spirituality. Soprano Shannon Mercer joins Choir 21 and a chamber orchestra conducted by the Toronto Consort’s David Fallis in this transcendent evening of choral music.
- Gilles Tremblay: Les Vêpres de la Vierge
- Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine