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Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 3 / King, King's Consort

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dixit Dominus in D major, RV 595
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Psalm 69), for soprano, double chorus, 2 oboes, double strings & co
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Credidi propter quod locutus sum (Psalm 115) , for 5-part chorus, strings & continuo in C major, RV
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 3 voices, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 598
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 5 voices, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 organs, double strings & continuo i
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Notes & Reviews:

"...Robert King's revelatory series cannot fail to enhance the status of Vivaldi's choral music. In all three volumes, his sparkling attack and consistently fine choice of soloists have revealed unexpected masterpieces. The two outstanding works on this disc are the short Domine ad adjuvandum and the more grandiose Beatus vir...Best of all is the chorus work..." ***** -Staines, Classic CD

'Robert King réalise dans chaque pièce une belle progression dynamique, sans aggressivité, avec une pression jubilatoire qui n'oubli jamais le contenu spirituel des textes' (Répertoire, France)

'Performances and recording quality are exemplary' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A rewarding issue, well documented and spaciously recorded' (Gramophone)

'Robert King's revelatory series cannot fail to enhance the status of Vivaldi's choral music. His sparkling attack and consistently fine choice of soloists have revealed unexpected masterpieces' (Classic CD)

'Outstanding performances that have vitality and fervour without sacrificing clarity' (Goldberg, Spain)

'The superlatives flow just as easily as reviews on the previous two discs have done' (Organists' Review)

'Interpretaciónes magnificas' (Ritmo, Spain)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Here are two of Vivaldi's most extended and impressive psalm settings. These are the singlechoir Dixit Dominus, RV595 (Psalm 110), and double-choir Beatus vir, RV597 (Psalm 112). Vivaldi set both psalms more than once, and King's programme also includes the singlemovement Beatus vir, RV598, as well as the response, Domine ad adiuvandum me, RV593, and the conservatively styled Vesper psalm, Credidipropter quod, RV605. The King's Consort Choir make a lively and warm-textured contribution; the solo line-up is also strong; with Susan Gritton and Catrin Wyn-Davies providing an evenly matched, lightly articulated partnership in their two duets. Neal Davies and Michael George are splendidly robust in their vigorous 'Potens in terra' duet from Beatus vir (RV597). Catherine Denley gives an appropriately strongly inflected account of 'Judicabit in nationibus' but is intimate and tender in her beautiful 'De torrente in via bibet' (from Dixit).

The remaining soloist, Charles Daniels, delivers the virtuoso 'Peccator videbit' (Beatus vir, RV597) with lightness and comfortable agility.

Although consisting of only three movements, the G major Domine ad adiuvandum me, is easily on a level with the larger-scale pieces, its expressive warmth irresistible. This is a rewarding issue, spaciously recorded.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dixit Dominus in D major, RV 595
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Catrin Davies; Neal Davies (Bass-Baritone); Michael George; Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: 01/05/1997-01/07/1997
  • Running Time: 21 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Psalm 69), for soprano, double chorus, 2 oboes, double strings & co
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: 01/05/1997-01/07/1997
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Credidi propter quod locutus sum (Psalm 115) , for 5-part chorus, strings & continuo in C major, RV
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: 01/05/1997-01/07/1997
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 3 voices, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 598
  • Performers: Catrin Davies; Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/05/1997-01/07/1997
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 5 voices, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 organs, double strings & continuo i
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Neal Davies (Bass-Baritone); Michael George; Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort Choir
  • Notes: 01/05/1997-01/07/1997
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742