Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus, Stabat Mater

Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus, Stabat Mater

by Jean-Christophe Spinosi
     
 

Antonio Vivaldi's probably early "Nisi Dominus, RV 608," and "Stabat Mater, RV 621," both for solo voice and ensemble, have received several top-notch recordings, so the listener can pick on the basis of voice type and stylistic preference. Countertenor David Daniels has essayed the pair with Fabio BiondiSee more details below

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Antonio Vivaldi's probably early "Nisi Dominus, RV 608," and "Stabat Mater, RV 621," both for solo voice and ensemble, have received several top-notch recordings, so the listener can pick on the basis of voice type and stylistic preference. Countertenor David Daniels has essayed the pair with Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante ensemble, and you can hear the preternaturally rich contralto Sara Mingardo in a reading with the fiery Italian Baroque specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini. Here you get a countertenor, Philippe Jaroussky, in the "Nisi Dominus" and a female contralto, Canadian Marie-Nicole Lemieux, in the "Stabat Mater." The pairing robs the whole of unity at one level, but makes musical sense; the "Nisi Dominus" is a more athletic work that benefits from the power of the male voice, while the "Stabat Mater," especially in Vivaldi's truncated and highly dramatic setting, may require the audience to identify with a female singer. In the event, Jaroussky is nothing short of sublime in slow sections like the "Cum dederit" (track 4), a masterpiece of quiet tension whose effects are amplified by the extreme, almost respiratory sensitivity of the Ensemble Matheus under director Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Hardly less effective is Lemieux, with an extremely emotional reading in which she seems to mean every word. A bonus on this disc not present on the others is a little Crucifixus from the "Credo in G major, RV 592," featuring both singers and well placed in the middle of the program. Superb examples of Baroque vocal art all around, with sound that captures the subtlety and the full dynamic range of the music, which at times gets very hushed indeed.

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New York Times - Vivien Schweitzer
The countertenor Philippe Jaroussky wields his sweet-toned, radiant voice to emotive effect, displaying both a rapid-fire coloratura technique and a poignant, lyrical expressiveness, particularly haunting in "Cum dederit." In the more austere Stabat Mater, Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings with a gripping sense of drama, her darkly rich, agile contralto illuminating the text with anguish and passion.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2008
Label:
NAIVE
UPC:
0709861304530
catalogNumber:
30453
Rank:
110848

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Tracks

  1. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky
  2. Credo, for 2 solo voices, chorus, oboe (ad lib), strings & continuo in G major (spurious, attributed to Hasse), RV 592: Crucifixus  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Philippe Jaroussky
  3. Stabat Mater, hymn for voice, strings & continuo in F minor, RV 621  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Michel Chasteau  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux

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