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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Sacred Music, Vol. 8

King's Consort Choir, The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81Download currently discounted
Recording details: September 2001
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: August 2002
Total duration: 68 minutes 14 seconds
 
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1
Sum in medio tempestatum  [6'35]
2
Quid ergo faciam  [0'55]
3
Semper maesta  [5'54]
4
Alleluia  [3'09]
Laudate pueri RV600  [23'10]

Susan Gritton (soprano)
5
Laudate pueri  [1'58]
6
Sit nomen Domini  [3'28]
7
A solis ortu usque ad occasum  [1'59]
8
Excelsus super omnes gentes  [2'48]
9
Quis sicut Dominus  [2'25]
10
Suscitans a terra inopem  [1'38]
11
Ut collocet eum  [1'48]
12
Gloria Patri  [3'39]

Simon Jones (violin)
13
Laudate pueri – Sicut erat in principio  [1'35]
14
Amen  [1'52]
15
Cur sagittas, cur tela  [3'29]
16
Hostibus circumventa  [1'47]
17
In te, beate Pater  [4'21]
18
Sanctorum meritis RV620  [2'18]

Susan Gritton (soprano)
Salve regina RV616  [16'36]

Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto)
19
Salve regina  [3'47]
20
Ad te clamamus  [1'23]
21
Ad te suspiramus  [4'49]

Christine Garratt (flute)
22
Eia ergo advocata  [1'25]
23
Et Jesum benedictum  [2'06]
24
O clemens, o pia  [3'06]

Volume 8 of Robert King's Vivaldi series brings astonishing vocal pyrotechnics from the brilliant young Norwegian mezzo soprano, Tuva Semmingsen (making her Hyperion début), alongside characteristically expressive performances from soprano Susan Gritton and rich sonorities from Nathalie Stutzmann and the double string orchestra which accompanies her in a particularly fine setting of the Salve Regina.

Awards

RECOMMANDE PAR CLASSICA

Reviews

‘Another well-executed Vivaldi disc, then, from King, who with this series is showing that his good ear for the right singer is matched by innate sympathy for the music’ (Gramophone)

'A magnificent disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An outstanding addition to an exciting series' (Early Music Review)

‘As always, Robert King leads vigorous and stylish period-instrument support … Hyperion’s estimable series still has quite a few volumes to go, and one can only await them eagerly’ (American Record Guide)

‘beautifully performed … It doesn’t get much better than this’ (Classic FM Magazine)

‘colorful, strongly projected performances … the new disc lives fully up to the quality of its predecessors’ (Fanfare, USA)

‘The orchestra … is admirably precise. Each of their finely chiselled notes gives substance to sacred inspiration’ (Goldberg)

‘The performers give stunning vocals … The playing of The King’s Consort is superb’ (AdLib)

‘L’orchestre est absolument superbe de précision et de raffinement, et la patte de King se fait sentir partout: on peut ainsi admirer la science du coloris et la gracieuse légèreté de touché, ou tout simplement adorer l’idée même qu’il semble se faire de la sonorité idéale, fruits et fleurs mêlés’ (Classica, France)