Intoxicated at Mass? It was surely the incense and music. Attending church in the past resembled going to a club today. Whoever finds the comparison frivolous should let themselves be carried away by Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers. After all, in the early Baroque period St. Mark's Basilica in Venice was considered THE place to be when the Christmas season approached. The composer transformed the cathedral into a soundscape that earwitnesses would tell their grandchildren about, cascades of sounds like a thousand echoes enraptured young and old, rich and poor alike. "Baroque aesthetic of overwhelming" is only a feeble description of its effect.