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Vivaldi: Vespers

Vivaldi , Skidmore , Ex Cathedra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Ex Cathedra
  • Conductor: Skidmore
  • Composer: Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (May 31, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ASV Digital
  • ASIN: B0000030OG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Verscile: Deus In Adiutorium Meum Intende/Response: Domine Ad Adiuvandum Me Festina (RV593)
2. Gloria Patri Et Filio
3. Sicut Era In Principio
4. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Beatus Vir
5. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Potens In Terra
6. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Antiphon: Gloria Et Divitiae
7. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Antiphon: Exortum Est
8. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Jucundus Homo
9. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Antiphon: In Memoria Aeternum
10. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Paratum Cor Eius
11. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Peccator Videbit
12. Psalm III: Beatus Vir (RV597): Antiphon: Gloria Patri Et Filio
13. Hymn: Stabat Mater (RV621): Largo: Stabat Mater Dolorosa
14. Hymn: Stabat Mater (RV621): Adagissimo: Cuius Animam
15. Hymn: Stabat Mater (RV621): Andante: O Quam Tristis
16. Hymn: Stabat Mater (RV621): Largo: Quis Est Homo
17. Hymn: Stabat Mater (RV621): Adagissimo: Quis Non Posset
18. Hymn: Stabat Mater (RV621): Andante: Pro Peccatis
19. Hymn: Stabat Mater (RV621): Largo: Eja Mater
20. Hymn: Stabat Mater (RV621): Largo: Fac Ut Ardeat
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Baroque era composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) is not as well known for his sacred choral music as his infinitely popular Four Seasons or many of those 500 concertos he wrote, but he should be. That old joke about those concertos -- he wrote the same concerto 500 times -- leaves out the obvious punch line: that every one of the 500 was of the utmost quality. It's the same with his sacred choral music. You can search for weeks to find a dog among his creations...and still be searching.

I thought I'd found every extant version of his wonderful Domine ad adjuvandum me until I chanced upon this collection during an Internet search of the title. This little ASV collection (I finally was sharp enough to figure out that means Academy Sound and Vision, which is printed on the back case) didn't look like it could stand up to heavy hitters like the collections led by now-imprisoned Robert King, Kevin Mallon, and, in days past, the unimpeachable Vittorio Negri, whose set still surpasses either of the more modern collections. The last great recording of the Domine I found was by some Estonians on the Carus label (still available ASIN: B000065DW3), but this one tops even that mighty challengers.

What makes this CD great, first, is its program. Eschewing the evergreen Gloria for reasons explained later, Englishman Jeffrey Skidmore and his Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra programmed four of Vivaldi's most magnificent works of sacred choral art: Domine ad adjudvandum me, Beatus Vir, Stabat Mater and Magnificat. Skidmore, a specialist in period performance that put together the singers and orchestra that perform here, calls this Vivaldi's "Vespers." Pardon me but I didn't know what that meant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classically new August 8, 2011
In all ways, this cd is pristine, even if its used. It plays the wholey music just like it was a new cd. Thank you seller, thanks Amamzon!
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