Vivaldi: Gloria, etc.

Vivaldi: Gloria, etc.

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by Choir of King's College, Cambridge
     
 

Following up on their superb disc of Handel's Coronation Anthems, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge present this trio of masterpieces by Vivaldi, including the famous Gloria. Conductor Stephen Cleobury does not display the dashing exuberance of some period instrument specialists, like Rinaldo Alessandrini in his See more details below

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Following up on their superb disc of Handel's Coronation Anthems, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge present this trio of masterpieces by Vivaldi, including the famous Gloria. Conductor Stephen Cleobury does not display the dashing exuberance of some period instrument specialists, like Rinaldo Alessandrini in his high-octane account. But if Cleobury is more of a traditionalist, his interpretations lack nothing in spirit. And, in fact, one could argue that his emphasis on the music's lyricism is more in the Italian style than Alessandrini's. Of course, the sound of the choir is the main selling point here: These boys (and men) sing like angels. Matters of authenticity aside, their bewitchingly pure yet robust tone helps one to understand why all-male choirs have retained their popularity over the centuries. The soloists are a fine bunch, too -- though here we have two women, sopranos Sarah Fox and Deborah Norman, in addition to veteran countertenor Michael Chance, tenor James Gilchrist, and bass Jonathan Lemalu. The Academy of Ancient Music provides splendid support, particularly in the brassy splendor of the Dixit Dominus. The recording is appropriately reverberant -- it was recorded in the chapel of King's College -- yet admirably clear.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Stanley Sadie
The choir sings with plenty of vigour and vitality.... The AAM play precisely and responsively for Cleobury.... I have no doubt that Vivaldi would have approved it and relished it.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724355726520
catalogNumber:
57265

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  1. Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Michael Chance  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Helen Gough  - Pauline Nobes  - Alastair Ross  - Nico de Gier  - Sarah Fox  - Paul Mitchell  - Benjamin Bayl  - Deborah Norman
  2. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110), for 4 solo voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Michael Chance  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - James Gilchrist  - Helen Gough  - Alastair Ross  - Peter Lissauer  - Sarah Fox  - Jonathan Lemalu  - Paul Mitchell  - Matthew Wadsworth  - Benjamin Bayl  - Deborah Norman
  3. Magnificat, for 4 vocal soloists, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 610  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Michael Chance  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - James Gilchrist  - Helen Gough  - Pauline Nobes  - Alastair Ross  - Sarah Fox  - Jonathan Lemalu  - Paul Mitchell  - Benjamin Bayl  - Deborah Norman

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