Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe Mala

Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe Mala

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by David Daniels [countertenor]
     
 

Vivaldi wrote so brilliantly for instruments that one tends to overlook the high quality of his vocal writing. He clearly loved the sound of the human voice, and he knew how to show it off to great effect. Sometimes this is manifest in virtuoso passages, such as the final amen of the Nisi Dominus here, which demands both agility and lung power. But more often than not… See more details below

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Vivaldi wrote so brilliantly for instruments that one tends to overlook the high quality of his vocal writing. He clearly loved the sound of the human voice, and he knew how to show it off to great effect. Sometimes this is manifest in virtuoso passages, such as the final amen of the Nisi Dominus here, which demands both agility and lung power. But more often than not, the composer asks his singers to float an exquisite melody, using subtle shades of vocal coloring and a seamless legato -- enough to make a listener swoon. Countertenor David Daniels is certainly up to these challenges, and in showing off his own musical skill and sensitivity, he helps us to appreciate the beauty of Vivaldi's vocal writing. Of course, his voice is a wonder in and of itself -- thoroughly masculine and muscular yet with an appealing softness. He revels in the long, lyrical lines of the Stabat Mater, inflecting the phrases with a restrained expressiveness that surely would have made Vivaldi beam with pleasure. Add the accompaniment of violinist Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante, one of the leading Italian period instrument ensembles, and the result is an hour of musical bliss.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone
Effortlessly beautiful singing from Daniels underpins a recording to treasure.
BBC Music Magazine - Graham Lock
Daniels sings superbly, his voice full, smooth and precisely focused.... Biondi's inventive violin flourishes, with their tang of period apserity, are the perfect counterpart to Daniels's rich flow.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724354547423
catalogNumber:
45474

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Tracks

  1. Stabat Mater, hymn for voice, strings & continuo in F minor, RV 621  - Antonio Vivaldi  - David Daniels [countertenor]  -  Europa Galante  - Fabio Biondi  - Alain Lanceron
  2. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 127), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608  - Antonio Vivaldi  - David Daniels [countertenor]  -  Europa Galante  - Fabio Biondi  - Alain Lanceron
  3. Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, introduzione to Gloria for voice, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 629  - Antonio Vivaldi  - David Daniels [countertenor]  -  Europa Galante  - Fabio Biondi  - Alain Lanceron

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