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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66779
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: 15 minutes 21 seconds

'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)

Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV629
composer
c1720
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV629, a motet of the mid-1720s, is also suitable ‘per ogni tempo’. Its first aria bids the ills of this world—war, plague and general misfortune—disappear; in a recitative the clouds recede so that, in the second aria, the ‘vera lux’ [true light] can shine down on humankind from heaven. The ‘Alleluia’ returns to the rather truculent mood of the opening, perhaps illogically in the light of the motet’s ‘programme’ but with excellent effect in purely musical terms.

It is not known for what occasion or institution this exceptionally brilliant and vocally taxing motet was written. One thing is virtually certain: it was not composed for the Pietà. While this might suggest that the intended singer was more probably a male castrato, it is important not to view high vocal parts of the time as gender-specific. Vivaldi did indeed tend to customize his motets, but always tailored them to an individual singer, not to a gender (over the choice of which composers and audiences tended to be very pragmatic).

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1996

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'Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44171/81)
Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music
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