'Utterly beguiling pieces of music, impossible to dislike and easy to be beguiled by' (Gramophone)
'If anything is likely to spark off widespread enthusiasm for Vivaldi's vocal works it is this splendid disc … a delightful issue … Perfect performances of little heard repertoire' (Classic CD)
'Esta versión de los motetes es la que debmos recommendar a todo el mundo' (CD Compact, Spain)
'Altogether a first-class collection, and excellently recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
The first volume of The King's Consort's exploration of Vivaldi's sacred music featured some of the composer's most opulent church writing, with works requiring double choir and two orchestras. The second volurne turns to smaller-scale, solo-voice motets, featuring six contrasting works that were written with a variety of different soloists in mind. Seeing the technical skills which the composer frequently demands of his soloists (for example, the extraordinary bird-like warbles in the first aria of Canta in prato or the vivid representation of Satan's wiles in Nulla in mundo), one can only marvel at the abilities of singers in Vivaldi's day. Here was a composer who was wonderfully individual, testing both musical forms and his singers to the utmost, writing music of great life and spirit which is immediately approachable for performers and listeners.
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