Friday, August 15, 2008

Assumpta Est Maria

Today is the the Feast of the Assumption - a national holiday certainly in Italy and many other European countries. Most things are closed and people head to church or the beach or the family home. Think I'll take the day off to but I'll leave you with this remarkable performance of the Ave Maris Stella from Monteverdi's Vespers of the Blessed Virgin. John Eliott Gardner conducting Monteverdi in San Marco in Venice - highly appropriate to the day or any day for that matter.

Buona Festa a tutti e buono ferragosto.

Thanks to Condoauta for posting this on YouTube.

15 agosto - Assunzione di Maria Virgine


sageweb said...

Happy Assumption day!..Hey any holiday with the word feast in it has to be grand.

Willym said...

And this comment came via e-mail from my friend Cathy - a very talented singer in Ottawa:

I really HATE to be a namedropper so I just couldn’t put it on the comment sheet for all to see. But I had to tell you that the Monteverdi piece today took me back to December 2006 when our choir sang at St. Mark’s. Standing in the gallery between the main and side altars and singing evening mass was very special indeed. We have also sung this particular piece (without all the orchestra unfortunately) and that made it doubly special.

Thanks Will.