The Return of Jephtha, Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini circa 1700-1725
The Return of Jephtha, Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini circa 1700-1725

17 June 2017

St Michael le Belfrey, York
7.30 pm ends (c.9.30 pm)
Tickets £18 (£16)

Monteverdi: Vespers (1641)
Carissimi: Jephte

Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale (selection)
Carissimi: Historia di Jephte

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Known as ‘the other vespers’, Monteverdi’s 1641 collection Selva morale e spirituale is a greatest hits compilation from his many years’ experience as a church composer. The virtuosic settings combine a characteristic combination of weighty, expansive choral writing and exquisite vocal solos. Forming an ad hoc vespers sequence, the music performed reflects Monteverdi’s revolutionary, colourful treatment of voices and instruments. Dramatic flair and vividly imagined biblical characters are the hallmarks of Carissimi’s compact masterpiece Jephte.