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Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 5 / King, King's Consort

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : In turbato mare irato, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in G major, RV 627
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Non in pratis aut in horis (introduzione to Miserere), solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in F
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Amen
>Vivaldi, Antonio : O qui coeli, RV 631
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Deus tuorum militum, hymn for 2 voices, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in C major, RV 612
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Confitebor Tibi, Domine (Psalm 110), for 3 voices, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in C major, RV 596
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'A superlative recording and exemplary notes add to the desirability of an absolute must' (Goldberg)

'Outstanding!' (Early Music Review)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This release in Robert King's complete cycle of Vivaldi's church music mainly features works unconnected with the Ospedale della Pietà, including a motet written in Rome and the famous Stabat mater composed for a church in Brescia. All are for solo voice or voices and orchestra, and for the most part they all carry the typical Vivaldi trademarks: boisterous energy alongside a tender if angular lyricism; a vivid and excitable responsiveness to verbal imagery; and what the insert-notes describe as 'a shocking radicalism: a willingness to strip music down to its core and reconstitute it from these simplest elements'. The best works on this disc are the first three. In turbato mare is a rip-roaring 'simile' motet which makes use of the old operatic device of comparing a troubled soul to a storm tossed ship finding peace in port. The noble Nonin pratis aut in hortis is an introduzione, a short motet designed to precede a performance of a lost Miserere; since it ends on a half-close, it's followed here (with musical if not liturgical logic) by the Stabat mater. All are excellently sung; few recordings exist of the first two, but it's hard to imagine the ebulliently virtuosic Susan Gritton and the movingly firm-voiced Jean Rigby being significantly bettered. By contrast, the Stabat mater is well-trodden territory, but the warmly mellifluous Robin Blaze easily matches his rivals on disc. The King's Consort is a little raw in the string department, but in general it shows bright and lively form and is well served by an acoustic perfectly suited to the occasion. Under King's direction, too, they capture splendidly the spirit of this uncomplicated but atmospheric music.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : In turbato mare irato, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in G major, RV 627
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/08/1998-10/10/1998)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Non in pratis aut in horis (introduzione to Miserere), solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in F
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/08/1998-10/10/1998)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Amen
  • Performer: Robin Blaze
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/08/1998-10/10/1998)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : O qui coeli, RV 631
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/08/1998-10/10/1998)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Deus tuorum militum, hymn for 2 voices, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in C major, RV 612
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/08/1998-10/10/1998)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Confitebor Tibi, Domine (Psalm 110), for 3 voices, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in C major, RV 596
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Neal Davies (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/08/1998-10/10/1998)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742