Vivaldi: Glorias, etc.

February 14, 1995 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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Product Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
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  • Total Length: 2:05:02
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  • ASIN: B000VHPWSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,660 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By darragh o'donoghue on April 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Vivaldi's sacred music is not so famous as that of his contemporaries Bach and Handel, so this is a bargain opportunity to catch up. You might think Vivaldi's playful, virtuoso Italianate character and Catholic context would produce radically different music, but in George Guest's urgent readings, the mixture of restrainedly exultant choruses and austerely beautiful arias are near-identical to Bach.
The opening movement of the second 'Gloria', with its swirling violins and temperately joyous trumpet and winds, is one of the most celebrated pieces of Baroque music; nothing here quite equals it, but there is a haunting, echoing quality to some of the slower movements at odds with the generally celebratory form. The reverb-heavy production exploits this somtimes too much, making the sound seem artificial. For a more 'Italianate' interpretation, I would recommend Trevor Pinnock, whose caressing tempos allow Vivaldi's warm harmonic spaciousness to breathe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cat Nation on March 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The sound quality of this recording is stunning and the soloists sing beautifully. I love these pieces, and the presentation is generally thrilling on this CD set. However, as authentic as they may be, I have a serious problem listening to the voices of young boys singing. The possibility of any genuine emotion or spirituality lurking behind the angelic chiming is lost on me. Also, the kids seem slightly heavy in the mix, at times drowning the music.... I realize this may be a bit shallow, and I do not discourage anyone from buying this CD if they don't mind the sound of a children's choir. It's really quite accomplished sounding, just not to my personal taste.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brooks Williams on October 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Being already familiar with Vivaldi's Four Seasons and also a big fan of Choral works, I picked this up not knowing anything about the pieces and was pleasantly surprised. Two versions of Gloria in D major take up the first disk. RV 589, the second version of Gloria is the better known of the two versions, but I wouldn't say that it is superior. Both versions have their merits and I enjoy listening to them back to back. The second disk is my favorite. Although I bought it for the Glorias, I have fallen in love with the Magnificat in G major. This two-disc set is, in my opinion, all about the Magnificat. What a wonderful piece! Dixit Dominus and Beatur vir are both great pieces as well. This is a great recording and the music within in excellent.
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By Balletomane on January 16, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Glorias were glorious! The Magnificat was magnificent! This is definitely the CD to buy if you want to listen to beautiful singing and beautiful music of this type.
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