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Vivaldi: Vespri per l'Assunzione di Maria / Alessandrini

> Benedicta filia tua Domino - Antifona al Nisi Dominus: Benedicta filia tua Domino
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Nisi Dominus
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Vanum est vobis
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Surgite
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Cum dederit
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Sicut erat sagittae
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Beatus vir
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Gloria Patri
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Sicut erat in principio
> Nisi Dominus, RV 608 - Amen
> Benedicta filia tua Domino - Antifona: Benedicta filia tua Domino
> Pulchra es et decora - Antifona al Lauda Jerusalem: Pulchra es et decora
> Lauda Jerusalem, RV 609 - Lauda Jerusalem, RV 609
> Pulchra es et decora - Antifona: Pulchra es et decora
> Ave Maris stella - Ave Maris stella
> Hodie Maria Virgo - Antifona al Magnificat: Hodie Maria Virgo
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Magnificat anima mea Dominum (Chorus)
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Et exsultavit spiritus meus (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Chorus)
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Et misericordia (Chorus)
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Fecit potentiam (Chorus)
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Deposuit potentes (Chorus)
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Esurientes implevit bonis (Soprano duet)
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Suscepit Israel (Chorus)
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Sicut locutus est (Soprano, Alto, Baritone)
> Magnificat in G minor, RV 610 - Gloria Patri (Chorus)
> Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in C major, RV 581, "The Assumption of the Virgin" - I. Adagio e staccato - Allegro ma poco
> Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in C major, RV 581, "The Assumption of the Virgin" - II. Largo
> Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in C major, RV 581, "The Assumption of the Virgin" - III. Allegro
> Salve Regina, RV 616 - Salve Regina
> Salve Regina, RV 616 - Ad te clamamus
> Salve Regina, RV 616 - Ad te suspiramus
> Salve Regina, RV 616 - Eja ergo
> Salve Regina, RV 616 - Et Jesum
> Salve Regina, RV 616 - O Clemens

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Double Orchestra in F major, RV 584
>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Deus in adiutorium, intonatio for voice & continuo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Psalm 69), for soprano, double chorus, 2 oboes, double strings & co
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ascende laeta, RV 635
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings &
>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Assumpta est Maria in caelo, antiphon for voice & continuo
>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Maria Virgo assumpta est, antiphon for voice & continuo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 600
>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : In odorem unguentorum, antiphon for voice & continuo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laetatus sum, RV 607
>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Benedicta filia tua Domino, antiphon for voice & continuo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608
>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Pulchra es et decora, antiphon for voice & continuo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609
>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Ave Maris stella, for voice & continuo
>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Antifona al Magnificat, for voice & continuo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Magnificat, for 2 vocal soloists, 2 choruses, 2 oboes, 2 strings & 2 continuo in G minor, RV 610a
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Double Orchestra Concerto Per la SS Assontione di Maria Vergine, for violin, 2 string orchestras & c
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Salve Regina, antiphon for voice, double chorus, 2 recorders, flute, double strings & continuo in C
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Notes & Reviews:

"If you want this kind of contextualization of Vivaldi's sacred music, and don't have or can't find the Skidmore and Malgoire releases, this new set is certainly a worthwhile investment." - Barker, American Record Guide

Classics Today
The impressive energy conveyed in the choral singing owes much to the set's guiding force, Maestro Alessandrini, whose leadership consistently results in vital, vibrant performances.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This isn't the 'Vivaldi Vespers', or even a reconstruction of a specific event, but a kind of 'sacred concert' in Vespers form, of the sort that Venetian churches in Vivaldi's time would mount in the name of worship. Whether he ever supplied all the music for any such occasion isn't clear, but he certainly set plenty of Vespers texts, enough at any rate for Rinaldo Alessandrini and scholar FrTdTric DelamTa to put together this rich programme.

So this is music for a Vespers for the Feast of the Assumption as it might have been heard in one of Venice's more important churches, made up of Vivaldi's settings of the five Vespers psalms, a Magnificat, a Salve Regina, a solo motet (Ascende in laeta) and a couple of orchestral concertos.

Unmistakably Vivaldian in almost every bar, these pieces nevertheless show considerable variety; the psalms range from the opulence of Dixit Dominus for five soloists, two choirs and two choirs, to the expressive solo settings of Laudate pueri and Nisi Dominus, to the breezily functional choral treatments of Laetatus sum and Lauda Jerusalem; Ascende in laeta is a virtuoso showpiece for soprano, and the Salve Regina a sombre vehicle for contralto. The liturgical thread is supplied by plainchant antiphons, prettily rendered in a fascinating conjectural imitation of the 18th century's 'corrupt' manner, which is to say, with organ accompaniment and unabashed ornamentation.

Alessandrini's reading has an energy which is both forthright and controlled. His solo singers are of high quality; Roberta Invernizzi and Sara Mingardo are from the front rank of Italian Baroque singers, capable of expressive lyricism and thrilling virtuosity, but Gemma Bertagnolli is no less effective. The orchestra plays with inspiriting precision and life, but the choir could be improved on, and is poorly favoured in the recorded balance. Indeed, the recorded sound as a whole is a bit noisy, in places suffering a distant mechanical whir. Still, the overall effect is what counts most in a recording like this: the music has a vital sense of direction, resulting in two and a half hours of invigorating listening.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Double Orchestra in F major, RV 584
  • Performer: Matteo Bellotto (Bass)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Deus in adiutorium, intonatio for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Marco Scavazza (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Psalm 69), for soprano, double chorus, 2 oboes, double strings & co
  • Performer: Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ascende laeta, RV 635
  • Performer: Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings &
  • Performers: Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano); Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 23 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Assumpta est Maria in caelo, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Maria Virgo assumpta est, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112), for voice, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 600
  • Performer: Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 21 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Maria Virgo assumpta est, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : In odorem unguentorum, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Laetatus sum, RV 607
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : In odorem unguentorum, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Benedicta filia tua Domino, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608
  • Performer: Ettore Belli (Viola d'amore)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Benedicta filia tua Domino, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Pulchra es et decora, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609
  • Performers: Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano); Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Pulchra es et decora, antiphon for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Ave Maris stella, for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alessandrini, Rinaldo : Antifona al Magnificat, for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Anna Simbola (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Magnificat, for 2 vocal soloists, 2 choruses, 2 oboes, 2 strings & 2 continuo in G minor, RV 610a
  • Performers: Matteo Bellotto (Bass); Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano); Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1713-1719

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Double Orchestra Concerto Per la SS Assontione di Maria Vergine, for violin, 2 string orchestras & c
  • Performer: Antonio Secondi (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: after 1736

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Salve Regina, antiphon for voice, double chorus, 2 recorders, flute, double strings & continuo in C
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 15 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742