The Sancta Maria from Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers, described as "the most ambitious work of religious music before Bach". Here we hear music which occupies the transition between the Renaissance and the Baroque idiom - by the man who led the way. For me, sublime.
Images I took here were in May 2010, mostly of Assisi, in Umbria, Italy. (Assisi was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci), the founder of the Poor Sisters, which later became the Order of Poor Clares after her death).
Poppy field was just outside of Siena, Tuscany.
At the start of this slide show, Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Rome; at the end, Bernini's Beata Ludovica Albertoni in San Francesco a Ripa, Trastevere, Rome.
I hope you enjoy.
John Eliot Gardiner - Conductor Monteverdi Choir
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