Kyrie, RV587

composer
c1720
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

 
Vivaldi’s Kyrie in G minor for double choir and orchestra dates from the 1720s and was probably the companion to a lost setting of the Gloria in B flat major, for which an introductory motet survives. Its first ‘Kyrie eleison’ movement opens with the solemn chordal passage mentioned above. This is answered by a different idea, based on a broken-chord figure on strings. The two musical elements alternate before being combined at the end of the movement. The ‘Christe eleison’ is a gentle ‘duet’ for the two cori, each consisting of sopranos and altos with strings. Here the florid writing in semiquavers for the singers is echoed attractively by the instrumental bass. For the second ‘Kyrie eleison’ Vivaldi writes a short choral introduction followed by a severe double fugue for united cori. It is suspected by some scholars that this movement is adapted from another work, possibly by an older composer. Be this as it may, the fugue is powerfully eloquent and sustains successfully the impassioned, chromatic character of the composition.

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Recordings

Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 1
CDA66769
Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music
CDS44171/8111CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Movement 1: Kyrie eleison
Track 11 on CDA66769 [3'55]
Track 11 on CDS44171/81 CD1 [3'55] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Christe eleison
Track 12 on CDA66769 [2'41]
Track 12 on CDS44171/81 CD1 [2'41] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Kyrie eleison
Track 13 on CDA66769 [2'09]
Track 13 on CDS44171/81 CD1 [2'09] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66769 track 12

Christe eleison
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-76912
Duration
2'41
Recording date
9 August 1994
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 1 (CDA66769)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: April 1995
  2. Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44171/81)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: October 2005
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)