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Vespri Per L'Assunzione Di Maria Vergine Hybrid SACD - DSD

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Double Orchestra Concerto, for violin, organ, 2 string orchestras & continuo in F major (incomplete), RV 584: Allegro non molto
  2. Deus in Adiutorium (Manuscrit de Jean de Jasienna BJ 2464, XVe siècle)
  3. Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Psalm 69), for soprano, double chorus, 2 oboes, double strings & continuo in G major, RV 593: Domine
  4. Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Psalm 69), for soprano, double chorus, 2 oboes, double strings & continuo in G major, RV 593: Gloria
  5. Domine ad adjuvandum me festina (Psalm 69), for soprano, double chorus, 2 oboes, double strings & continuo in G major, RV 593: Sicut
  6. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Dixit
  7. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Donec
  8. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Virgam
  9. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Tecum
  10. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Juravi
  11. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Dominu
  12. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Judica
  13. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: De tor
  14. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Gloria
  15. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109), for 4 voices, double chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes, solo strings, strings & continuo D major, RV 594: Sicut
  16. Benedicta filia tua Domino, antiphon for voice & continuo
  17. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Nisi Dominus: Allegro
  18. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Vanum est vobis: Largo
  19. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Surgite postaquam sederitis: Presto - Adag
  20. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Cum dederit: Andante
  21. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Sciut sagittae: Allegro
  22. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Beatus vir: Andante
  23. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Gloria Patri: Larghetto
  24. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Sicut erat: Allegro
  25. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Amen: Allegro
  26. Laetatus Sum (Psalm 121), for chorus, strings & continuo in F major, RV 607
  27. Laetatus Sum (Psalm 121), for chorus, strings & continuo in F major, RV 607: Allegro


Product Details

  • Performer: Matteo Bellotto, Concerto Italiano, Francesco Moi, Ignazio Schifani, Roberta Invernizzi, et al.
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, Anonymous, Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Audio CD (August 17, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Opus 111
  • ASIN: B0001NNKZI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an "reconstructed " performance of a set of vespers for the Assumption of the Virgin.The informative booklet article puts the interpretation into context,the church as theater,and this recording is operatic in scope and perfomance.

The music may be familiar to some Vivaldi enthusiasts,the "Nisi Dominus" and "Lauda Jerusalem" in particular. Robert King's intelligent and considered interpretations have eloquently argued the case for Vivaldi's sacred choral music in the past.Here we have quite a different kettle of fish.

The recording also features a couple of concerti,which contrast beautifully with the vocal pieces.As for the perfomances,they at once spiritual and spirited.Sara Mingardo's velvety contralto

is a highlight,moving and sensual in the Nisi Dominus "Cum Dederit" and faultless throughout the whole psalm.The other soloists have every reason to be proud of their work.If you are a fan of Baroque opera,then you must hear the spectacular vocal acrobatics and lovely quieter moments on this recording.

Italian spirit is much in evidence,the tempi brisk without breathlessness, leisurely when appropriate, piano and forte contrasted to great effect.

Alessandrini and his team of skilled instrumentalists and vocalists sound as if they enjoy performing this music, bringing new energy to Vivaldi's scores,which in lesser hands can sound a mite tedious. No chance of that here.A wonderful recorded sound adds to the joys of this set.
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Some listeners may got puzzled by the religious title of this album, but really, Vivaldi shows the world how 'religious' music could be rendered, and the team in this gorgeous recording, singers Gemma Bertagnolli, Roberta Invernizzi, Anna Simboli, Sara Mingardo, Gianluca Ferrarini, Matteo Belloto, and conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini tell us in the most grandiose manner how 'Italian' religious music sounds like.
I emphasize "Italian", because in my era (second half ot he 20th century), my predominant impression of 'religious music' is nothing but austerity and sublimity arising our such austerity.
Antonio Vivaldi, for more than 2/3 of his lifetime, was an active-serving Catholic priest. He composed a lot of secular works, mainly instrumental for he was a marvellous violinist. However, he actively served at an orphange in Venice for 4 decades, and was the music chaplain of that orphange. He trained up a group of orphans, girls, to make music. There were top instrumentalists (his pupils for sure), top singers (foremost among them was a great contralto), a wonderful orchestra that travelled wide and far to perform in Western Europe to great acclaim.
There is even a school of thought saying that in these religious or sacred compositions, Vivaldi actually 'worked out' the scores with his pupils at the orphange.
As we can hear in this 'Vespri' celebrating the fest of the Announciation (by the archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin that she is to be the mother of God), the very bouyancy of the spirits in the composer(s) as the pieces were being written.
Unlike Bruno in his wonderful review, I would not compare this Vespri with Handel's Messiah.
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