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Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans - Sacred Music, Vol. 4 Import

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Vivaldi is best known for his instrumental music--concertos and concerti grossi--but perhaps his most-performed work, the Gloria, is for chorus and vocal soloists. This rarely recorded oratorio, "Juditha Triumphans," combines all of Vivaldi's favorite compositional mediums--solo instrumental, orchestral, solo vocal, and choral--in a work of impressive scope brimming with wonderful melodies and irresistible rhythms. Telling the story of the Jewish heroine Judith, who single-handedly saves her people from certain destruction by Nebuchadnezzar's army, Vivaldi's oratorio offers plenty of virtuoso music for soloists, which these performers, especially soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr, handle brilliantly. The action is fast-paced, the period instruments sound wonderful. And if the idea of an oratorio by Vivaldi scares you a little, have no fear; instead, prepare to be pleasantly surprised, amazed, and hooked. --David Vernier

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Juditha Triumphans: Overture - Allegro
  2. Juditha Triumphans: Overture - Largo
  3. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Coro: (Assyrian Soldiers) Arma, caedes, vindictae, furores
  4. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Huc accedat Matrona
  5. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Holofernes) Nil arma, nil bella
  6. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Vagaus) Mi Dux, Domine mi...
  7. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Vagaus) Matrona inimica
  8. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Huc accedat Matrona
  9. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Juditha) Quo cum Patriae me ducit amore
  10. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Abra) Ne timeas non
  11. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Abra) Vultus tui vago splendori
  12. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Abra) Vide, humilis prostrata
  13. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Coro: (Vagaus, Assyrian Soldiers) O quam vaga, venusta, o quam decora
  14. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Vagaus) Quem vides prope, aspectu
  15. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Vagaus) Quamvis ferro et ense gravis
  16. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Quid cerno! Oculi mei
  17. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Juditha) Quanto magis generosa
  18. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Magna, o foemina petis
  19. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Holofernes) Sede, o cara
  20. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Juditha) Tu Judex es, tu Dominus, tu potens
  21. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Juditha) Agitata infido flatu
  22. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Holofernes) In tentorio supernae
  23. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria con Coro: (Vagaus, Servants) O servi, volate
  24. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Vagaus) Tu quoque hebraica ancilla
  25. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Juditha) Veni, veni, me sequere fida
  26. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Abra) Venio, Juditha, venia: animo fave
  27. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Aria: (Abra) Fulgeat sol frontis decorae
  28. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Recitativo: (Abra) In Urbe interim pia
  29. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Prior - Coro: (Bethulians) Mundi Rector de Caelo micanti

Disc: 2

  1. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Ozias) Summi Regis in mente
  2. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Ozias) O Sydera, o stellae
  3. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Ozias) Jam saevientis in hostem
  4. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Nox in umbra dum surgit
  5. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Holofernes) Nox obscuro tenebrosa
  6. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Belligerae meae sorti
  7. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Juditha) Transit aetas
  8. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Haec in crastinum serva : Ah, nimis vere
  9. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Holofernes) Noli, o cara, te adorantis
  10. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Juditha) Tibi dona salutis
  11. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Coro: (Assyrian Soldiers) Plena nectare non mero
  12. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Holofernes) Tormenta mentis tuae fugiant a corde
  13. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Juditha) Vivat in pace, et pax regnet sincera
  14. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Juditha) Sic in pace inter hostes
  15. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Vagaus) Umbrae carae, aurae adoratae
  16. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Vagaus) Quae fortunata es tu vaga Matrona
  17. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Abra) Non ita reducem
  18. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Abra) Jam pergo, postes claudo
  19. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Accompagnato: (Juditha) Summe Astorum Creator
  20. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Juditha) In somno profundo
  21. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Accompagnato: (Juditha) Impii, indigni Tiranni
  22. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Juditha) Abra, Abra, accipe munus
  23. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Abra) Si fulgida per te propitia caeli fax
  24. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Vagaus) Jam non procul ab axe
  25. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Vagaus) Armatae face, et anguibus
  26. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Ozias) Quam insolita luce
  27. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Aria: (Ozias) Gaude felix
  28. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Recitativo: (Ozias) Ita decreto aeterno
  29. Juditha Triumphans: Pars Altera - Coro: (Judeans) Salve, invicta Juditha, formosa


Product Details

  • Performer: Ann Murray, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Susan Bickley, Sarah Connolly, Jean Rigby, et al.
  • Orchestra: The King's Consort
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (May 12, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000007NEG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Robert King and his Consort did it again ! As in the previous releases of the Sacred Music Edition, it can be said, with no fear, that he reached the top..... The solists are flawless, the chorus is great, the orchestra is magnificent, the sound quality is perfect...and the overall performance is amazing ! The only "but" of this album, is that historycaly, there are two versions of the Vagaus aria "Matrona Inimica", both from Vivaldi's hand, and only one is presented here...A small detail, but that was not left aside by "the Old" Ristenpart in his insuperable performance of this work, unfortunaly, not available anymore.... Vivaldi's only remaining Oratorio is not perfect, too many solo Arias for just a few multiple Arias, and just 5 choruses.....But it still is a Masterwork from the "Prette Rosso". And the arrangement of his RV555 concerto initial movements, as the introduction of the work, was a great idea ! Congratulations to Mr. King !
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I owned this recording for more than 5 years now, and would say that it really deserves a place in classical music archive.

The work is a real gem by Vivaldi. Connolly gave a very well-presented Alba and Murray a convincing Judith.

I am glad that none of the artists in this set gave over-dramatised accounts in the coloraturas.

Even so, the only soprano role in the oratorio gave a highly dramatically charged aria after discovering the death of the King Holfernes.

Since I got this disc, I obtained several pieces of the arias and started to sing them, too.

Vivaldi's music is really sublime!
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By A Customer on October 27, 1999
This recording of Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio presents Vivaldi in his best light. Fantastic performances all-round by the King's Consort and choir. If you're a fan of Vivaldi's instrumental concerti, take note -- this vocal work has all the crisp energy of his best concerti. A recording to be treasured.
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