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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: 7 minutes 37 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)

Filiae maestae Jerusalem, RV638
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Around 1715 Vivaldi composed for the Pietà two introductory motets, presumably designed as alternatives to one another, for a setting of the ‘Miserere’, a psalm sung during Holy Week. One is the affecting Filiae maestae Jerusalem, RV638, for alto. The ‘Daughters of Jerusalem’ are, of course, a metaphor for the figlie di coro themselves. In the opening accompanied recitative the singer is called upon to bewail the crucified Christ. The text of the following aria is saturated with Arcadian imagery—wafting breezes, rippling brooks and so forth. Even though the poetic sense is that these rustic delights have to be foregone in the week of the Passion, Vivaldi cannot resist a few dabs of word-painting that imply the opposite. The introduzione closes with a second recitative, initially accompanied. The last word of the text—‘Miserere’—is a cue for the psalm to follow. It is a great shame that this latter work, very likely by Vivaldi himself, is lost.

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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