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Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus / Peter Kopp, et al

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dixit Dominus, RV 807
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laetatus sum, RV 607
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for 3 voices, viola d'amore, chalumeau, violin, strings & continuo in A ma
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This Dixit Dominus is indeed an exciting find. It is given its debut recording in a critical edition by today's Vivaldian high-priest, Michael Talbot. Its date of composition is uncertain, but it seems a late work, at least from past the composer's days at the Pieta. Its style-both the very operatic solo writing and the more solidly conceived choral sections-has a much greater maturity and imagination than what can be found in his dreadfully overplayed Gloria, while it is more sophisticated than what he put into his other, known setting of the Dixit Psalm, where he was so pre-occupied with antiphonal effects. In this "new" Dixit, instead of doubling his ensembles as before, Vivaldi gives himself the resources of eight soloists, SSAATTBB, as a palette for widely varied colors and textures. But the attraction of this discovery (under 25 minutes long) can too easily overshadow the value of the bulk of the music here (nearly 45 minutes). Setting aside the point that 2006 is the bicentennial of Galuppi's birth, it makes perfect sense to match the Vivaldi contraband with other parts of the package from Venice. So here we have three other Psalm settings, also standard fare for Vespers services, and also new to records. Their early-classical flavor is hardly incompatible with Vivaldi's late-baroque idiom-both composers caught up in a shared 18th Century Italian ethos. And these Galuppi Psalms are bright, lively, full of good ideas, and thoroughly entertaining-all as they liked it both in Venice and Dresden. The performances are excellent. The soloists, especially the men, face some stiff demands but fulfill them well. I would give top honors to Mingardo, whose rich and solid contralto affords some of the outstanding listening moments. The chorus is quite superb, too, and all hands clearly benefit from Kopp's vibrant direction. Talbot supplies the authoritative notes, and DG adds full texts and translations." -ARG

BBC Music Magazine
Vivaldi discoveries are not infrequent. ... a third D major setting by the composer of the Vespers psalm Dixit Dominus, appears here on disc for the first time. It is a splendid piece: with scoring including woodwind and trumpet, it begins with a brief but dazzling chorus and concludes with a rewardingly worked fugue. Among the several intervening sections, a duet for two tenors, highly ornamented and vivaciously sung by Paul Agnew and Thomas Cooley, the chorus 'Juravit Dominus' and a contralto aria... sung with sensibility by Sara Mingardo.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dixit Dominus, RV 807
  • Performers: Paul Agnew; Lucia Cirillo (Soprano); Thomas Cooley (Tenor); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Kopp
  • Ensemble: Dresdner Instrumental-Concert
  • Running Time: 21 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1732

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laetatus sum, RV 607
  • Performers: Paul Agnew; Lucia Cirillo (Soprano); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Kopp
  • Ensemble: Dresdner Instrumental-Concert
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for 3 voices, viola d'amore, chalumeau, violin, strings & continuo in A ma
  • Performers: Lucia Cirillo (Soprano); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Kopp
  • Ensemble: Dresdner Instrumental-Concert
  • Running Time: 22 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609
  • Performer: Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Kopp
  • Ensemble: Dresdner Instrumental-Concert
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742