Vivaldi: Cantatas, Concertos & Magnificat

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Certainly one of the pivotal events in twentieth century musical archaeology was the re-introduction of Italian Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi to the classical music canon. And while Vivaldi's famous set of concerti, "Il Quattro Stagione" The Four Seasons, is known to nearly everyone by the twenty-first century, the curious listener cannot be blamed for wondering where to go next, since Vivaldi's worklist is so dense and packed with the same kinds of works in immense quantities. One of the very best places to go would be Vivaldi: Cantatas, Concertos and Magnificat, originally issued on Hyperion in 1987 and reissued on Hyperion's less-expensive sibling Helios. It ...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Certainly one of the pivotal events in twentieth century musical archaeology was the re-introduction of Italian Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi to the classical music canon. And while Vivaldi's famous set of concerti, "Il Quattro Stagione" The Four Seasons, is known to nearly everyone by the twenty-first century, the curious listener cannot be blamed for wondering where to go next, since Vivaldi's worklist is so dense and packed with the same kinds of works in immense quantities. One of the very best places to go would be Vivaldi: Cantatas, Concertos and Magnificat, originally issued on Hyperion in 1987 and reissued on Hyperion's less-expensive sibling Helios. It includes a selection of three of Vivaldi's best concerti grossi performed by the expert Canadian period-instrument ensemble Tafelmusik under Jeanne Lamon partnered with a solo motet, "In turbato mare irato," the solo cantata "Lungi dal vago volo," and the second version of Vivaldi's first "Magnificat." In the solo vocal works is laudable English soprano Emma Kirkby negotiating the treacherous terrain of "In turbato mare irato" with seeming ease, even though much of the music is written in the alto range. Kirkby's singing also adds considerable character and sparkle to "Lungi dal vago volo," a solo vocal piece where Vivaldi's instrumental accompaniment is so sparse it leaves the soloist exposed and with little opportunity to rest. " Lungi dal vago volo" is written for a singer of exceptional ability, and Kirkby is more than merely up to the challenge. Recorded in St. Mary's Church in Toronto, the sound is very kind to the vocal works and a little less so in the instrumental concerti as the generous reverberation in the church rob the violins of their "bite." However, in slow, mysterious sections, such as the opening of the "Concerto madrigalesco," the effect is splendid, so overall it is a worthwhile tradeoff. This disc has marvelous liner notes by top Vivaldi scholar Michael Talbot. Expert and casual listeners alike will be thrilled by Vivaldi: Cantatas, Concertos and Magnificat, and the reduced Helios price makes it more attractive than ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571151908
  • Catalog Number: 55190
  • Sales rank: 188,997

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 In turbato mare irato, solo motet for voice, strings & continuo in G major, RV 627 - Antonio Vivaldi & Emma Kirkby (15:31)
  2. 5–7 Concerto madrigalesco, for strings & continuo in D minor, RV 129 - Antonio Vivaldi & Jeanne Lamon (4:10)
  3. 8–10 Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157 - Antonio Vivaldi & Jeanne Lamon (5:54)
  4. 11–13 Concerto alla rustica, for strings & continuo in G major, RV 151 - Antonio Vivaldi & Jeanne Lamon (3:52)
  5. 14–17 Lungi dal vago volto, cantata for voice, violin & continuo, RV 680 - Antonio Vivaldi & Emma Kirkby (13:45)
  6. 18–25 Magnificat, for 4 vocal soloists, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 610 - Antonio Vivaldi & Jeanne Lamon (13:37)
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Emma Kirkby Primary Artist
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