The OAE is much more than one of the world's pre-eminent period instrument ensembles. It works regularly with conductors who specialise in both early music and the modern repertoire, and has explored the work of composers from Bach to Mahler, Handel to Borodin. Montiverdiâs 1610 vespers are one of the towering musical achievements of the 17th century. It is a piece of paradoxes too, perhaps one of the reasons why it is such a fascinating musical experiences. For it is monumental, yet intimate and spiritual, yet secular: it is an extraordinarily theatrical piece of music given the religious subject matter. But more than any of this it is a simply a richly satisfying and deeply moving piece of music. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment website
.Company Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Music Claudio Monteverdi (Vespers). Conductor Robert Howarth. Company Choir of the Enlightenment.