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Clarae stellae, scintillate, RV625
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'Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 2' (CDA66779)
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Movement 1: Clarae stellae, scintillate
Movement 2: Caeli repleti iam novo splendore
Movement 3: Nunc iubilare
Movement 4: Alleluia

Clarae stellae, scintillate, RV625
Vivaldi’s motet Clarae stellae, scintillate, RV625, whose text shows it to have been written for the Pietà’s patronal festival, the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 2 July, probably dates from 1715. Eighteenth-century motet texts are rarely distinguished examples of Latin poetry—the French traveller Pierre Jean Grosley called them ‘un mauvais assemblage rimé de mots latins, où les barbarismes et les solécismes sont plus communs que le sens et la raison’ [a rhyming hotch-potch of Latin words, in which barbarisms and solecisms are more frequent than sense and reason]. The present text is true to type. The first aria asks the stars to blaze brightly on so important an occasion; the recitative identifies the Marian feast as the cause of celebration; the final aria, followed by the statutory ‘Alleluia’ movement, calls on all creation to rejoice.

The cheerful, almost naïve, style of the opening aria sets the tone for the whole work. In the bouncy second aria, Vivaldi renounces the customary da capo (ABA) structure and casts the movement in what one could term ‘chain form’: there are five different vocal sections (three of them marked to be repeated), each presenting a different portion of text. This loose kind of structure, clearly alluding to dance-music, is very characteristic of Vivaldi’s vocal music (including his operatic arias) in the 1710s. The ‘Alleluia’ wavers between F minor and F major in a manner also familiar from Vivaldi’s other music at that time.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1996

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Details for CDA66779 track 10
Caeli repleti iam novo splendore
Recording date
14 February 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 2 (CDA66779)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: May 1996
  2. Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44171/81)
    Disc 2 Track 10
    Release date: October 2005
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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