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O qui caeli terraeque serenitas, RV631
composer
c1724
author of text

Recordings
'Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 5' (CDA66799)
Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 5
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66799  Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81  
'Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44171/81)
Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music
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Details
Movement 1: O qui caeli terraeque serenitas
Track 18 on CDA66799 [5'12] Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
Track 18 on CDS44171/81 CD6 [5'12] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Fac ut sordescat tellus
Track 19 on CDA66799 [0'32] Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
Track 19 on CDS44171/81 CD6 [0'32] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Rosa quae moritur
Track 20 on CDA66799 [5'51] Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
Track 20 on CDS44171/81 CD6 [5'51] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 4: Alleluia
Track 21 on CDA66799 [1'41] Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
Track 21 on CDS44171/81 CD6 [1'41] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

O qui caeli terraeque serenitas, RV631
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This is one of three surviving solo motets that we know (from the evidence of the paper on which the manuscript was written) to have been composed during Vivaldi’s sojourns in Rome during the carnival seasons of 1723 and 1724. These works were most likely written for some of the singers who performed in his three operas written for the Capranica theatre in Rome: Ercole su’l Termodonte, Il Tigrane and Giustino. RV631 is a motet per ogni tempo—‘for all seasons’. Its Latin text, contaminated as always by Arcadian language borrowed from the secular sphere, is a prayer for the deliverance of the believer from earthly delights and for his espousal of heavenly ones. Vivaldi chooses the gentle E flat major as his central key, and the abundant ‘sighing’ appoggiaturas in the first aria conjure up very well the ever-present blandishments of the world. The second aria, in C minor, uses the traditional lamento bass (a descent by chromatic steps from tonic to dominant), perhaps a little ironically, to convey the wilting of a rose. In a final ‘Alleluia’ the soprano dissolves all the argument in an exultant display of virtuosity.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1999

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Details for CDS44171/81 disc 6 track 19
Movement 2: Fac ut sordescat tellus
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-79919
Duration
0'32
Recording date
10 October 1998
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. 5 (CDA66799)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: February 1999
    Deletion date: April 2014
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
  2. Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44171/81)
    Disc 6 Track 19
    Release date: October 2005
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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