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Track(s) taken from CDA66819

Laetatus sum, RV607

author of text
Psalm 121 (122)

King's Consort Choir, The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Recording details: July 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: August 2001
Total duration: 3 minutes 29 seconds


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A companion piece to the Laudate Dominum, RV606 (recorded in volume 6), Laetatus sum is set by Vivaldi almost after the strophic fashion of a hymn. Verses 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9 are given, respectively, exactly the same musical material. The Doxology (verses 10/11) becomes a modified and extended fourth strophe. Otherwise, RV607 is a typically unpretentious pieno setting dominated by its instrumental ‘riff’ on violins. Such concise settings should not be likened to pieces belonging to ‘short’ services in the Anglican rite. They were performed at Vespers alongside more elaborate settings of other psalms, the brevity of the first compensating for the length of the second so as to keep the duration of the service within reasonable bounds. In other words, they were the necessary complement of settings in several movements.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 2001

Pendant du Laudate Dominum, RV606, Laetatus sum est mis en musique presque à la manière strophique d’une hymne. Les versets 1-3, 4-6 et 7-9 se voient confier le même matériau musical, tandis que la doxologie (versets 10/11) devient une quatrième strophe modifiée et étendue. Autrement, RV607 est une mise en musique pieno, sans prétention, dominée par son «riff» aux violons. Sans lien avec le short service anglican, de telles œuvres concises étaient interprétées aux vêpres, et leur brièveté compensait la longueur des mises en musique psalmiques plus élaborées aux côtés desquelles elles étaient jouées, de manière à maintenir la durée de l’office dans des limites raisonnables. En d’autres termes, elles étaient l’indispensable complément des pièces en plusieurs mouvements.

extrait des notes rédigées par Michael Talbot © 2001
Français: Hyperion Records Ltd

Als Gegenstück zum Laudate Dominum RV606 hat Vivaldi sein Laetatus sum fast strophisch wie eine Hymne vertont. Die Verse 1-3, 4-6 und 7-9 sind jeweils mit dem gleichen musikalischen Material versehen. Die Doxologie (Verse 10/11) wird als abgewandelte und erweiterte vierte Strophe behandelt. Ansonsten ist RV607 eine typisch unprätentiöse pieno-Vertonung, beherrscht von der ostinat wiederholten Phrase der Geigen. Solch knappe Vertonungen sollte man nicht mit Stücken gleichsetzen, wie sie zu den Andachten des anglikanischen Ritus gehören. Sie wurden bei Vespergottesdiensten neben umfangreicheren Psalmvertonungen aufgeführt, wobei die Kürze der ersteren die Länge der letzteren aufwog, um die Dauer des Gottesdienstes in vernünftigen Grenzen zu halten. Mit anderen Worten: Sie waren die notwendige Ergänzung zu mehrsätzigen Vertonungen.

aus dem Begleittext von Michael Talbot © 2001
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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