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Sum in medio tempestatum, RV632
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'Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 8' (CDA66829)
Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 8
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66829  Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81  
'Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44171/81)
Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music
MP3 £35.00FLAC £35.00ALAC £35.00Buy by post £40.00 CDS44171/81  11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'The King's Consort Collection' (KING7)
The King's Consort Collection
MP3 £4.50FLAC £4.50ALAC £4.50 KING7  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Details
Movement 1: Sum in medio tempestatum
Track 1 on CDA66829 [6'35] Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
Track 1 on CDS44171/81 CD9 [6'35] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 6 on KING7 [6'35] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Movement 2: Quid ergo faciam
Track 2 on CDA66829 [0'55] Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
Track 2 on CDS44171/81 CD9 [0'55] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Semper maesta
Track 3 on CDA66829 [5'54] Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
Track 3 on CDS44171/81 CD9 [5'54] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 4: Alleluia
Track 4 on CDA66829 [3'09] Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
Track 4 on CDS44171/81 CD9 [3'09] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Sum in medio tempestatum, RV632
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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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Details for CDS44171/81 disc 9 track 3
Movement 3: Semper maesta
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-82903
Duration
5'54
Recording date
5 September 2001
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. 8 (CDA66829)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: August 2002
    Deletion date: January 2011
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
  2. Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44171/81)
    Disc 9 Track 3
    Release date: October 2005
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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