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Vivaldi: Gloria / Bach: Magnificat

Antonio Vivaldi , Johann Sebastian Bach , Robert Shaw , Atlanta Symphony Orchestra , Atlanta symphony Chorus Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Vivaldi: Gloria: Gloria in excelsis 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Vivaldi: Gloria: Et in Terra pax 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Vivaldi: Gloria: Laudamus te 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Vivaldi: Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Vivaldi: Gloria: Propter magnam gloriam tuam0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Vivaldi: Gloria: Domine Deus 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Vivaldi: Gloria: Domine Fili unigenite 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Vivaldi: Gloria: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Vivaldi: Gloria: Qui tollis 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vivaldi: Gloria: Qui Sedes ad dexteram Patris 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Vivaldi: Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Vivaldi: Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Magnificat 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Et exsultavit 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Quia respexit 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Omnes generationes 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Quia fecit mihi magna 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Et misericordia 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Fecit potentiam 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Deposuit potentes 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Esurientes implevit bonis 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Suscepit Israel 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Sicut locutus est 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Gloria Patri 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Atlanta symphony Chorus
  • Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (May 19, 1989)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CVK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Baroque Choral Music October 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the difinitive recording of Vivaldi's Gloria and Bach's Magnificat on modern instruments. Not but 50 years ago (when period performances were nearly non-existent) choirs like the Roger Wagner Chorale were butchering these works. Robert Shaw comes along and performs Handel's Messiah like nobody's ever heard, with lively tempos and light articulation; finally scholarship and performance practice catch up to what we have today.

The Works: On this disk are two very different works. The Vivaldi is evocative of the Italian singing tradition. Flowing melodies and voice writing, both with conjunct motion, simple harmonies over the typical Baroque perpetual motion. The Bach, on the other hand, is from the later German school. Vocal and instrumental parts are extremely virtuosic, and the separate movements use more variety in orchestration and texture.

The Performers: While using modern transverse flutes, winds, piccolo trumpets, and strings, the sound has a modern fullness (Shaw still pares down the Atlanta Symphony), but it is taut with proper Baroque articulation. The organ and bass continuo are very good at what they do. The ensemble comes across crisp and clear. The soloists are dynamite; they have read up on their vocal performance practices (without going overboard) and perform with style and intelligence. The Atlanta Chamber Chorus is also very fine, however it seems, in relation to everyone else, they are singing in a bathroom; still well performed.

The Performance: The tempos are moderate considering recent scholarship, but this is still the "mainstream" recording of these miniature masterpieces. Robert Shaw knows the works, knows the style, and know how to get the proper sounds and balances from his ensembles.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying; very well done, but not flawless June 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good CD, but not completely flawless. One of the horns is slightly flat in the last number of the Gloria, and the orchestral sound lacks a little fullness that a better recording might have.
Although both sopranos have beautiful voices and excellent control, Upshaw occasionally seems more interested in adding ornamentation than in conveying the words and feeling of these great works; and Jensen seems to struggle for breath a couple of times.
In addition, the Magnificat so outshines the Gloria in depth, complexity, and passion, that it seems somewhat strange to combine the two works. Not that the Gloria isn't beautiful and uplifting, but Bach's compositional genius leaves one breathless by comparison.
The vocal interpretation is generally very good and moving, but true to Baroque style. The duets are especially superb, with the rising and falling dynamics between the parts beautifully apparent but not overbearing. Gordon (Tenor) is fabulous, maintaining brilliant tone and technical control over a broad range of pitch and passage types. Simpson (Mezzo/Alto) is absolutely stunning, combining tremendous passion with flawless technique; I doubt even the great Cecilia Bartoli could perform these solos better.
Shaw was at his best as a conductor of classic religious works in these recordings. I'm not sure how much of the coordination of the various instruments and singers was Shaw's doing and how much was the studio's, but even the difficult phrases are beautifully combined throughout both works.
I'd prefer a little less vocal staccato -- perhaps less 'h' in the attack -- in the individual notes of long runs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright sparkling gem April 8, 2002
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Shaw has taken "Gloria" and breathed new life into it. THe tempos are brisk, giving the performance energy. There is a sparkle to the Atlanta SO sound, and the choir is bold and crisp! If you are looking to enter the world of the Baroque choral masterpieces, this is a fabulous place to start.
Thank you Shaw/ASO!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shaw legacy goes on... December 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
For anyone not familiar with Vivaldi's works other than his Four Seasons, this disc is a great way to introduce yourself to his work. The choral sound that Shaw encourages is always warm yet includes perfectly understandable diction. The delightful and perpetually driving rhythms in the piece are always clear. For many listeners and performers, the Et in Terra Pax (second movement) is the particular masterpiece of the work. With its longing suspensions and resolutions, it will move even the most tame of hearts. This is a must buy.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Baroque? May 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As much as I love the work of Robert Shaw, I must confess, this recording remains something of a mystery to me. Shaw can squeaze blood from a turnip when it comes to making beautiful music with a choir. But, the use of modern instruments on this recording of two baroque masterpieces seems to dampen their impact. The percolating octaves from Vivaldi's Gloria in excelsis scream PERIOD but the modern strings gently glide over what should sound like pure jubilation. The battle between beauty and period authenticity on this recording is a decisive victory to Shaw. Vivaldi's Et in terra pax is so languid and lugubrious that you will be reminded of Poulenc. The slow tempos do, however, give Shaw's chorus the chance to shine magnificently. Bach's Gloria Patri has probably never sounded so lush. During Esurientes implevit bonis from the Magnificat, Marietta Simpson will knock your socks off with her stunning voice. The incongruity of this recording is the only reason I cannot give it five stars. When all is said and done, I really do prefer the mannerisms of period instruments. So, if you are an admirer of sheer choral beauty, this disc will not disappoint. However, it is a poor representative of what these two magnificent pieces should really feel like.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A truly superb performance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Robert Shaw always delivers!
Published 2 months ago by C. Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivaldi
One of my absolute favorites!
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall a well balanced performance
I railed against too large choirs and orchestras on another recording of the Gloria and it was really too heavy. This is superb, well balanced. An excellent recording. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joe R Breedlove
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice recording but not as crisp as I'd like
I like this recording's pace and blend of voices. However it lacks the crisp, energetic tone in the Vivaldi Gloria that I was seeking.
Published 7 months ago by Deecy
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificient Magnificat
Vivaldi and Robert Shaw - The chorale and Atlanta Symphony give a wonderful performance under Shaw's baton. Money well spent.
Published 10 months ago by David Golden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
A magnificent album - Bach & Vivaldi with Robert Shaw orchestra & chorus. I don't think that it can be beat?
Published 10 months ago by rad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I will use this as a practice tool as we are performing this work in a concert later this year. It is a great performance.
Published 13 months ago by Voice Everett
5.0 out of 5 stars Play this often.
The last thing I was able to sing before I became ill was Vivaldi's Gloria. This is a great cut and I love to sing with it - alone of course!
Published 13 months ago by pslwallace
5.0 out of 5 stars I must tell you up to now, I have not yet received the product. could...
This is really something which I have never try before,I paid the money for this product: Robert Shaw's Gloria and
Magnificat--------- but up to now I still didn't have a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by wallacewong
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