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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: 2 minutes 18 seconds

‘Another well-executed Vivaldi disc, then, from King, who with this series is showing that his good ear for the right singer is matched by innate sympathy for the music’ (Gramophone)

'A magnificent disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An outstanding addition to an exciting series' (Early Music Review)

‘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)

‘beautifully performed … It doesn’t get much better than this’ (Classic FM Magazine)

‘colorful, strongly projected performances … the new disc lives fully up to the quality of its predecessors’ (Fanfare, USA)

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

‘The performers give stunning vocals … The playing of The King’s Consort is superb’ (AdLib)

‘L’orchestre est absolument superbe de précision et de raffinement, et la patte de King se fait sentir partout: on peut ainsi admirer la science du coloris et la gracieuse légèreté de touché, ou tout simplement adorer l’idée même qu’il semble se faire de la sonorité idéale, fruits et fleurs mêlés’ (Classica, France)

Sanctorum meritis, RV620
composer
1720s

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This unpretentious setting is of a hymn belonging in the liturgy to the Common of Two or More Martyrs. To take just two examples, it would be appropriate for Vespers of the feast of SS. John and Paul or of SS. Cosmas and Damian. It seems to date from the 1720s, and its original destination is unknown.

The hymn has six stanzas, of which Vivaldi sets only the first, third and sixth. In typical fashion, each stanza has the same music and is preceded by an identical instrumental ritornello. This ritornello illustrates Vivaldi’s fondness for grouping phrases in threes rather than twos; its twelve bars subdivide as 4 + 4 + 4.

Everything about this setting is simple, but Vivaldi rescues it from banality by his use of lightly syncopated (‘sawing’) rhythms. By such discreet means, he is able to turn artlessness into something genuinely artistic.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 2002

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