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Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 1 / King, King's Consort

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Magnificat, for 2 vocal soloists, 2 choruses, 2 oboes, 2 strings & 2 continuo in G minor, RV 610a
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Kyrie, for double vocal soloists, double chorus, double strings & continuo, strings & continuo in G
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Credo, for chorus, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 591
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings &
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Notes & Reviews:

'The production values on this disc could hardly be bettered. I don't know what Hyperion is feeding their recording equipment but these are some contented cows and they produce pure Devonshire cream. This is deep sound, the kind the listener practically feels he can reach out and touch. There is scarcely a church or concert hall anywhere in the world with an ambience this sensual ... One of the finest discs to have come my way this year. Look for this one on my year-end Want list. But don't wait till December, buy it now' (Fanfare, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
King's 'super-group' featuring choristers drawn from seven English cathedral and collegiate choirs sounds better than ever - technically reliable, with a good, full sound - and are a credit to King's vision in bringing them together. This volume has five typically uplifting works, three of which - Lauda Jerusalem, Dixit Dominus and the G minor Kyrie - offer the opulent sound of double choir and orchestra. Dixit Dominus is the most substantial, a colourful 23-minute sequence of varied solos and choruses, with trumpets, oboes and two organs all chipping in, most notably in an awe-inspiring depiction of the Day of Judgement. The other two are perhaps less striking, though Lauda Jerusalem is certainly charming in its two-soprano interchanges. Highlights of the single-chorus works include another exquisite soprano duet and a fiery 'Fecit potentiam' in the Magnificat, and an extraordinary 'Crucifixus' in the Credo which departs from the pain-wracked norm by seemingly depicting with lugubrious slow tread Christ's walk to Calvary. King manages very well in capturing the essence of Vivaldi's bold, sometimes disarmingly straightforward style. These tidy performances are driven with just the right amount of springy energy - neither too much nor too little - and are well recorded in the warm resonance of St Jude's Church, Hampstead in London.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Magnificat, for 2 vocal soloists, 2 choruses, 2 oboes, 2 strings & 2 continuo in G minor, RV 610a
  • Performers: Lynton Atkinson (Tenor); Susan Gritton (Soprano); Lisa Milne (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude's, Golders Green, London, England (08/07/1994-08/09/1994)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1713-1719

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609
  • Performers: Susan Gritton (Soprano); Lisa Milne (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude's, Golders Green, London, England (08/07/1994-08/09/1994)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Kyrie, for double vocal soloists, double chorus, double strings & continuo, strings & continuo in G
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude's, Golders Green, London, England (08/07/1994-08/09/1994)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Credo, for chorus, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 591
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: St. Jude's, Golders Green, London, England (08/07/1994-08/09/1994)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings &
  • Performers: Lynton Atkinson (Tenor); Susan Gritton (Soprano); Lisa Milne (Soprano); David Wilson-Johnson (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude's, Golders Green, London, England (08/07/1994-08/09/1994)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742