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Vivaldi: Stabat Mater; Nisi Dominus; Concerto in G Minor [Import]

Bowman , Hogwood , Academy of Ancient Music Audio CD
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listen  1. Stabat Mater, R.621 - 1. Stabat Mater 2. Cuius Animan 3. O Quam TristisJames Bowman 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Stabat Mater, R.621 - 4.Quis Est Homo 5. Quis Non Posset 6. Pro PeccatisJames Bowman 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stabat Mater, R.621 - 7. Eja Mater 8. Fac Ut Ardeat 9. AmenJames Bowman 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto In G Minor For Strings And Continuo, R.153Christopher Hogwood 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608 - 1. ''Nisi Dominus'' (Allegro)James Bowman 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608 - 2.Vanum Est Vobis. 3.Surgite Postquam SederitisJames Bowman 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608 - 4. ''Cum Dederit'' (Andante)James Bowman 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608 - 5. ''Sicut Sagittae'' (Allegro)James Bowman 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608 - 6. ''Beatus Vir'' (Andante)James Bowman 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608 - 7. Gloria Patris. 8. Sicut Erat In Principio 9. AmenJames Bowman 7:43Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: L'Oiseau Lyre
  • ASIN: B000004CXC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bowman = Amazing Grace! February 11, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Don't let yourself be distracted and concentrate while listening to this CD. James Bowman's voice is so enthrilling that he will take you to the heights of his notes, making you wish to sing along and then leaving you breathless. There is so much intensity of feeling in his interpretation that Stabat Mater and Nisi Dominus in his rendering should be in the Top 10 sacred music performances of all time! The instrumental background is magical, making this a CD worth 10 stars!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic recording March 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I can't remember when I bought the Lp recording of this. It must have been during the 1970s, which was something of a "Golden Age" for Early Music. I played this recording to death and when it came out on CD in the 1980s, I played that recording over and over again.

Bowman's interpretation of Vivaldi's great motets, "Stabat Mater" and "Nisi Dominus", have set the standard, in my opinion, for all other recordings. I think many recent recordings probably equal Bowman's, but none are actually better (Michael Chance, Graham Pushee and Robin Blaze have made admirable recordings of the Stabat Mater).

This was one of the first recordings made by the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of Christopher Hogwood and I was fortunate enough to see these works presented in concert in my city (Adelaide, South Australia) at the time. I met James Bowman, a giant of a man! and a great gentleman - he was very kind to me and my younger sister (we were kids at the time).

Bowman sings this music with great pathos, conviction, great strength (his voice filled the Adelaide Town Hall) and great style. The sound of the Academy of Ancient Music was more "hard edged" than many modern Baroque ensembles and I must say that I prefer this sound. Needless to say, this approach was adopted in the 1960s and 1970s by period instrument groups as something of a conscious or, perhaps, unconscious break with the patently anachronistic, 19th century, operatic and sentimental performances of Baroque sacred music which were frequently heard at the time. This recording was one of the finest H.I.P. recordings from the entire '70s decade.

So, even though this recording was made in the 1970s, it is still worth owning, and it is not just a curio.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legendary Performance May 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Here we have James Bowman singing his legendary performance of Vivaldi's Stabat Mater and Nisi Dominus. His voice is clear and he sings each piece without difficulty. His voice is very strong in all the pieces, and he remains true to the notation Vivaldi had written. I know because I have the sheet music. I nice piece to add to the collection, with a couple of Concerto interludes perfromed under the direction od Christpher Hogwood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This CD from Decca contains two of Vivaldi's most delectable sacred works for solo voice, Nisi Dominus, a setting of Psalm 126, and Stabat Mater, both of which have been recorded numerous times – by men (Jochen Kowalski, David Daniels, Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky, etc.) and by women (Sara Mingardo, Teresa Berganza, etc.) Since the Nisi Dominus was composed in the early 1700s for the Ospedale della Pietà, Vivaldi probably intended the work to be sung by a woman originally.
The Nisi Dominus is in nine movements, most of them setting just a line or two of Latin. The most outstanding of these is the fourth movement, an Andante, which begins by relating how the Lord gave his beloved people both sleep and children. The mention of sleep cues Vivaldi to write music of the greatest poise and delicacy, similar in mood to some of the slow movements in The Four Seasons, except more chromatic and suspenseful. At the words "Sicut erat in principio" (‘As it was in the beginning’), Vivaldi calls on the frequent baroque trick of returning to music heard at the very beginning of the piece. James Bowman’s voice combines the ethereality of Alfred Deller and Andreas Scholl and the suavity of Gerard Lesne, with a soft metallic tinge.
The later composititon Stabat Mater probably was introduced by a woman, and because the text is a description of Christ's crucifixion through the viewpoint of the Virgin Mary, it makes sense to have a woman sing it. Indeed, there have been many famous contralto versions of this piece; much more so than countertenors’. This is some of Vivaldi's most poignant music. Everything seems to disappear except the music itself. Still, it is not without drama.
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