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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Sacred Music, Vol. 2

The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Recording details: February 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: May 1996
Total duration: 68 minutes 40 seconds
 
In furore iustissimae irae RV626  [12'51]

Deborah York (soprano)
1
In furore iustissimae irae  [4'43]
2
Miserationem Pater piissime  [0'35]
3
Tunc meus fletus evadet laetus  [5'54]
4
Alleluia  [1'39]
5
Longe mala, umbrae, terrores  [5'28]
6
Recedite, nubes et fulgura  [0'30]
7
Descende, o caeli vox  [6'53]
8
Alleluia  [2'30]
9
Clarae stellae, scintillate  [5'22]
10
Caeli repleti iam novo splendore  [0'42]
11
Nunc iubilare  [2'21]
12
Alleluia  [2'24]
13
Canta in prato, ride in monte  [3'57]
14
Saeva fulgescit nobis  [0'49]
15
16
Alleluia  [1'11]
17
Filiae maestae Jerusalem  [2'08]
18
Sileant zephyri  [4'36]
19
Sed tenebris diffusis  [0'53]
Nulla in mundo pax sincera RV630  [13'31]

Deborah York (soprano)
20
Nulla in mundo pax sincera  [6'57]
21
Blando colore oculos mundus decepit  [1'04]
22
Spirat anguis  [3'18]
23
Alleluia  [2'12]

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.

Awards

GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE

Reviews

'Utterly beguiling pieces of music, impossible to dislike and easy to be beguiled by' (Gramophone)

'Altogether a first-class collection, and excellently recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'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)

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Victoria: O magnum mysterium & Ascendens Christus in altum
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