Monday, August 23, 2010

Seraphic Fire

This is a Miami based chamber choir that has shot up the itunes classical charts with the recent release of a recording of Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610). It is remarkable not only because of the level of skill necessary for a choir to perform the piece, but also because of the recording's pared-down approach to a work that is usually performed with a lot of bells and whistles (e.g. the Decca recording of John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir). Below they are singing Handel, but you should get the point that this is a group to be reckoned with.

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