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Track(s) taken from CDA66829
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: 16 minutes 33 seconds

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‘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)

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

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Sum in medio tempestatum, RV632
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This motet, which belongs to the category ‘per ogni stagioni’ (for all seasons) and can thus be inserted appropriately into almost any Mass or Vespers service, is, together with In turbato mare irato, RV637, the latest in date of his surviving motets. Both are preserved in Dresden and originate from the collection of sacred music built up by the Bohemian composer and double-bass player Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745). They were entered in his catalogue in 1731, although Zelenka may have acquired them a little earlier. The probability is that these motets, like the Laudate pueri in G major, RV601, were written for one or more members of a group of seven singers attached to the Saxon court who trained in Venice in the 1720s and joined the Hofkapelle in 1730.

The text for the motet was set also by Leonardo Leo (1690-c1730). In an opening aria the singer likens the human condition to that of a ship amid stormy seas (Vivaldi’s flashes of lightning in the first violin part are clearly audible). In the recitative that follows, he (or she) resolves to renounce the temptations of the world and follow Jesus. This leaves a second, slower aria to express the singer’s contentment and feelings of security in a new-found faith. A vivacious ‘Alleluia’ (without which no motet is complete) provides a final burst of exuberance.

RV632, besides requiring a singer of quite extraordinary agility, finds Vivaldi at his most galant. There is a wealth of detail in the principal melodic line, and a strict polarity between the ornate treble and functional bass is very evident. The distraction of counterpoint is largely eschewed. This is not, however, superficial or facile music, although it certainly projects values different from those cultivated at the outset of his career.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 2002

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