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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: 13 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)

Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV630
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Written for a soprano of exceptionally high range (from E above middle C to the B a twelfth higher), Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV630, is the most interesting of Vivaldi’s early motets for the Pietà. Its opening da capo aria has an unusually long ‘A’ section in three rather than the usual two vocal periods; a lilting siciliana rhythm, enlivened by violins whose semiquaver figures suggest gentle breezes, is employed to convey the peace gained by trust in Jesus. An elaborate recitative punctuated by ornate arioso flights highlighting selected words warns of Satan’s deadly temptations. This is followed by an aria whose darting phrases depict a snake lying in wait. Confidence is restored in a brilliant ‘Alleluia’ in which the voice successfully takes on the violins at their own game.

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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