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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: 8 minutes 31 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)

Canta in prato, ride in monte, RV623
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Numbered RV623 in the standard modern Vivaldi catalogue by Peter Ryom, Canta in prato, ride in monte is another of the ‘Roman’ motets. The singer for whom Vivaldi wrote Canta in prato (not to be confused with an introductory motet, RV636, set to a bastardized version of the same text) may well also have been one of the principal singers in his operas, for the best voices migrated freely between choir-loft and stage. This joyful motet is suited to any festival of a saint (who is invoked simply as ‘Pater beate’ in the recitative). The reference in the first aria to the nightingale, described in classical fashion as ‘Philomela’, calls forth some bird-like warbles, familiar from such Vivaldi concertos as ‘Il gardellino’. The second aria stays close to this style with its evocation of the tootling of rustic flutes. This is Vivaldi at his most beguiling and uncomplicated.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1996

Other albums featuring this work
'Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44171/81)
Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music
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