Monteverdi mesmerises with a Marian mystery at St Patrick’s

The enigmatic 1610 Vespers are a work of stunning originality and a landmark in music history

20th September, 2015
Members of English ensemble The Sixteen (conductor and founder Harry Christophers third from right)

It’s more than 400 years old, it’s dedicated to the Virgin Mary and, excepting U2, it’s the hottest ticket in town, having sold out two months ago. What could it be? The answer is Monteverdi’s enigmatic 1610 Vespers, a work of stunning originality and a landmark in music history.

The Vespers performance in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday, October 10, as part of the National Concert Hall’s international series,...

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