Joshua Rifkin & Concerto Palatino

The original meaning of Monteverdi’s Vespers from 1610 has long been speculated upon among musicologists. According to an educated guess Claudio wrote it as an audition piece with an eye to jobs in Venice or Rome. The large-scale work combines the ancient and the new style of composing in an elegant way. This pioneering performance by Joshua Rifkin and the top musicians of Concerto Palatino is a must for Monteverdi fans and a fascinating finale of Laus Polyphoniae 2014!

Joshua Rifkin researched Monteverdi’s Maria Vespers in depth and discovered that in the 17th century this music was performed totally differently from what is done today. Laus Polypohoniae connected Rifkin and the famous Concerto Palatino with a view to putting the results of this research into practice. Allow yourself to be surprised by this innovative execution in three parts!


Sunday 31 August
06.00 p.m.: Joshua Rifkin & Concerto Palatino –
 Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643):
In illo tempore (ca. 35 min.)
Kyrie | Gloria | Credo | Sanctus | Agnus Dei 

07.00 p.m.: Joshua Rifkin & Concerto Palatino – Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643):
Sacrae Concentus 
(ca. 35 min.)

Nigra sum
Pulchra es
Duo seraphim
Sonata sopra Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis
Audi coelum

8.15 p.m.: Introduction by Elise Simoens

9.00 p.m.: Joshua Rifkin & Concerto Palatino – Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643):
Vespro della beata vergine
(ca. 80 min.)

Deus in adiutorium (versiculum e responsorium)
Dixit Dominus (psalm 109)
Laudate, pueri (psalm 112)
Laetatus sum (psalm 121)
Nisi Dominus (psalm 126)
Lauda, Jerusalem (psalm 147)
Ave maris stella (hymne)