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Vivaldi: Sacred Edition, Vol. 4 - In Turbato mare irato; Vestro principi divino; In exitu Israel / Claire de Sévigné, soprano; Maria Soulis, mz. Aradia Ens., Kevin Mallon

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : In turbato mare irato, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in G major, RV 627
>Vivaldi, Antonio : In exitu Israel in C major, RV 604
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Vestro principi divino, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in F major, RV 633
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laetatus sum, RV 607
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Invicti, bellate, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in G major, RV 628
>Vivaldi, Antonio : O qui coeli, RV 631
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although for many, Antonio Vivaldi's contemporary renown may rest primarily with The Four Seasons, his legacy is steadily achieving greater and richly deserved recognition today with the help of collections such as this one abetted by the Aradia Ensemble, a fine period instrumental ensemble with an impressively robust discography. Vivaldi was astoundingly prolific composing hundreds sonatas, sinfonias and concertos, as well as more than forty operas, numerous sacred choral works and around forty cantatas. The works on this recording dedicated to his sacred musics range from the virtuosic to the simple, but Vivaldi's vivid musical imagination is in full force throughout. Though his sacred music has generally received less attention than his instrumental works, they are equal to them in their originality and power.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Canada (04/28/2014-04/30/2014).



Reviews

Gorgeous performance of seven sacred Vivaldi works!
This recording of vocal works by Antonio Vivaldi features Claire de Sevigne (soprano) and Maria Soulis (mezzo-soprano) performing with the Aradio Ensemble under the direction of Kevin Mallon. And my goodness, do the singers and members of the Ensemble sound fantastic!

The recording opens with “In turbato mare irato” (RV 627), and it starts off spritely and energetic. Ms. Sevigne’s soaring soprano is a perfect match for this music, and the Aradio Ensemble plays with a vigor and zest for life that is also a perfect match. “In exitu Israel” (RV 604) is next, and it is a delightful 3 minutes and 29 seconds of emotional and vocal energy. Ms. Soulis’ rich, dark mezzo-soprano is featured next in “Vestro Principi divino” (RV 633), and the work is warm sweeping in the Baroque style that this listener is particularly fond of, finishing in a fitting series of hallelujah’s. Next is the short “Laudate Dominum” (RV 606), a short choral work featuring violin accompaniment and the chorus itself in fine voice. Ms. Soulis returns with “Invicti bellate” (RV 628), her voice and the strings lending the work extra suppleness, strength, and vigor. I am particularly fond of the section of the piece that begins at Track 14 (“Dux aeterne Jesu care”), the middle strings and downward pitch of the accompaniment imparting a deliberate formal nobility to the work. The chorus returns for “Laetatus sum” (RV 607), which leads into the final work on the recording, “O qui coeli terraeque serenitas” (RV 631), a delightful back-and-forth piece with Baroque accompaniment and Ms. Sevigne’s bright wonderful voice.

The Aradia Ensemble, founded in 1999 by conductor Kevin Mallon, sounds superb throughout this all digital recording. The sound is crisp and warm, and there is joy in the performance of these pieces. The material, not often heard live (at least, not here in the United States) is a feast for the ears.

The liner notes give the English text of the libretto, as well as background Antonio Vivaldi’s life, the conductor, the ensemble, and the two soloists. This recording, on the Naxos label, has spent more than a few hours both in my car and my home stereo system. If music of the Baroque, and particularly Antonio Vivaldi, is of interest then the performances contained herein may turn it into a passion. Very Highly Recommended!

Submitted on 04/19/16 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : In turbato mare irato, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in G major, RV 627
  • Performer: Claire De Sevigne
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Canada (04/28/2014-04/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : In exitu Israel in C major, RV 604
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Canada (04/28/2014-04/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Vestro principi divino, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in F major, RV 633
  • Performer: Maria Soulis (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Canada (04/28/2014-04/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laetatus sum, RV 607
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Canada (04/28/2014-04/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Invicti, bellate, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in G major, RV 628
  • Performer: Maria Soulis (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Canada (04/28/2014-04/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laetatus sum, RV 607
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Canada (04/28/2014-04/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : O qui coeli, RV 631
  • Performer: Claire De Sevigne
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto, Canada (04/28/2014-04/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742