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Vivaldi: Sacred Works for Soprano and Concertos / Elin Manahan Thomas

Audio Samples

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, flute, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, RV 601
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in D minor ("Il Gran Mogul"), RV 431a
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Double Concerto, for violin & cello, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 547

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, flute, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, RV 601
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in D minor ("Il Gran Mogul"), RV 431a
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Double Concerto, for violin & cello, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 547
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The chamber concerto was a popular genre with German and French Baroque composers. However, Italian composers, who concentrated on opera, sacred and secular music for voice, appear to have ignored it - with the exception of Vivaldi. Our modern image of the "Red Priest" is primarily that of a secular composer, yet much of his work was intended for performance in church. The importance of sacred music for solo voice in the oeuvre of Vivaldi emerges with a bold statistic: of his fifty or so extant sacred vocal works, thirty are for solo voice. This disc featuring soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and the English ensemble Florilegium pairs three popular chamber concertos with the Laudate Pueri and the motet Nulla in Mundo.

BBC Music Magazine
[Manahan Thomas's] fresh sounding, youthful voice, agile technique and secure intonation are a delight and are qualities that well serve the sometimes theatrical demands of Vivaldi's virtuoso writing...the interspersed instrumental concerots are played with vitality and finesse. Here is a disc from Florilegium that should disappoint few readers and it deserves to do well.

Gramophone Magazine
Elin Manahan Thomas is a youthful, bright and clean soloist with a strong core to the voice, a good instinct for when to apply vibrato and the technical agility required for throwing off Vivaldi's more virtuoso passages.

International Record Review
Manahan Thomas manages all with pleasing athleticism, great textural clarity and an avoidance of anything in the way of intrusive mannerism. She and the sympathetic support provided by Florilegium are sensible to Vivaldi's deftly portrayed images complementing the text...All is played with finesse and affection by soloists and ripienists alike.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London (04/04/2011-04/06/2011).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St. John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London (04/04/2011-04/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1729-1730

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, flute, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, RV 601
  • Performers: Elin Thomas (Soprano); Ashley Solomon (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St. John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London (04/04/2011-04/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in D minor ("Il Gran Mogul"), RV 431a
  • Performer: Ashley Solomon (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St. John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London (04/04/2011-04/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630
  • Performer: Elin Thomas (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St. John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London (04/04/2011-04/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Double Concerto, for violin & cello, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 547
  • Performers: Jennifer Morsches (Cello); Bojan Cicic (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Notes: St. John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London (04/04/2011-04/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742