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Vespers/VSPRS

New music for vespers. A look at Kile Smith's composition for Choir and Renaissance band, as well as Fabrizio Cassol's post-modern work inspired by Monteverdi.

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Photo: Andrew Pinkham

Piffaro (The Renaissance Band) and the cover to Kile Smith's "Vespers."

This week’s edition features two modern takes on the Vespers church service. First, we’ll listen to a newly composed vespers for choir and Renaissance band by Kile Smith and performed by The Crossing and Piffaro. Then, we’ll look at Fabrizio Cassol’s post-modern perspective inspired the Vespers of 1610 (Claudio Monteverdi).

Music Heard On This Episode

Kile Smith: Hymn Wie schön leuchtet der morgernstern
Piffaro Renaissance Band and The Crossing/Donald Nally — Vespers (Navona , 2008)
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Kile Smith: Hymn Wie schön leuchtet der morgernstern
Piffaro Renaissance Band and The Crossing/Donald Nally — Vespers (Navona , 2008)
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Kile Smith: Sonata a 5 In Dir ist Freude
Piffaro Renaissance Band and The Crossing/Donald Nally — Vespers (Navona , 2008)
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Kile Smith: Deo Gratias
Piffaro Renaissance Band and The Crossing/Donald Nally — Vespers (Navona , 2008)
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Fabrizio Cassol: Duo Seraphim
VSPRS Orchestra with AKA Moon, Oltremontano, Tcha Limberger & Vilmos Csikos, and Cristina Zavalloni and Claron McFadden/Fabrizio Cassol — VSPRS (Cypres , 2006)
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Fabrizio Cassol: Ouverture
VSPRS Orchestra with AKA Moon, Oltremontano, Tcha Limberger & Vilmos Csikos, and Cristina Zavalloni and Claron McFadden/Fabrizio Cassol — VSPRS (Cypres , 2006)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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