Amore Vittorioso


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Grosvenor Chapel

Sunday, 18 Jul 2010, 7:00PM

Ticket info

Tickets £12/£8 concessions on the door.
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Voce Chamber Choir is a group of diverse and dynamic singers in their 20s and 30s, singing challenging music from across the musical spectrum.


Monteverdi: Love Madrigals
Pergolesi: Five Part Mass
Bononcini: Anthem for the Duke of Marlborough (first performance since 18th century)
Monti: Canzonetta (first performance since 18th century)
Mike Brewer: Amore Vittorioso (BBC Commission, London premiere)


Amore Vittorioso was commissioned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Monteverdi’s monumental setting of the Vespers.

An eight part double choir forms the main body of sound, used both in narrative, with short sections for solo quartet, and in commentary. The chief emotion is celebratory, reinforced by piccolo trumpets. The texture is supported by three continuo instruments, cello, double bass and harpsichord. The music looks back through four centuries, sometimes clearly, sometimes filtered through the distorting mirror of the 21st century world.

The piece begins with hedonistic words from Lorenzi de’Medici, but with an underlying emotional insecurity and fear. It ends with a hymn of celebration, not of victory over a foe, but of the potential of man to achieve a different kind of victory through love of fellow man. The final bars pay tribute to Monteverdi himself, offering a brief 21st century vision of a 17th century masterpiece.


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Posted by Ed Long