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Vivaldi: Mottetti Sacri - Laudate Pueri, Lauda Jerusalem, Etc / Astronio, Bertagnolli, Ryden, Et Al


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Stradivarius   Catalog #: 33798   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Susanne RydénGemma BertagnolliMassimiliano Mauthe von Degerfield
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String EnsembleBozen Baroque ChoirBozen Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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VIVALDI Lauda Jerusalem, RV 609. 1 Laudate pueri dominum, RV 602a. 1 Salve regina, RV 618. 2 Kyrie, RV 587 Claudio Astronio, cond; Susanne Rydén (sop); Gemma Bertagnolli (sop); 1 Massimiliano Mauthe von Degerfeld (alt); Read more class="SUPER12">2 Harmonices Mundi Bozen Baroque O & Ch STRADIVARIUS 33798 (53:46 Text and Translation)


Apart from the two complete sets of Vivaldi’s sacred music (Vittorio Negri on Philips, Robert King on Hyperion), the works on this CD are not often encountered. Lauda Jerusalem was absorbed into the Delaméa-Alessandrini “Vespri Solenni per la Festa dell’Assunzione di Maria Vergine” (Naïve) to great effect, while Gérard Lesne recorded the Salve regina (Virgin). My copy of Volume 1 of the King (reviewed in September 1994) disappeared between the bookcase and the computer, but I did listen to Alessandrini, who maintains a tension throughout the Lauda that is absent on the current recording. We are offered a panorama of works written for double orchestra and chorus but the eight-voice chorus is perhaps a bit thin on the ground for the Lauda and the Kyrie. Two bonus tracks give us alternate versions of two sections of the Laudate pueri (RV 602b) which allow a glimpse into the composer’s workshop. This is my first encounter with Astronio and his ensemble, and I hope not the last, for his low-key approach is equally valid as those of his better-known colleagues—rhythmically alert, well played, and generally well sung. Susanne Rydén is not unknown in early-music circles, while Gemma Bertagnolli has widely recorded, and they are well matched in the vocal acrobatics they must execute. Massimiliano Mauthe von Degerfeld, a countertenor who is also a contrabassist, may not be as suave as some of his rivals, and we might prefer the rich tones of, say, Sara Mingardo, but he has his own way of convincingly presenting the Salve regina.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Lauda Jerusalem in E minor, RV 609 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble,  Bozen Baroque Choir,  Bozen Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Laudate pueri Dominum in A major, RV 602a: Gloria Patri by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano), Susanne Rydén (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble,  Bozen Baroque Choir,  Bozen Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Salve Regina in G minor, RV 618 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Massimiliano Mauthe von Degerfield (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble,  Bozen Baroque Choir,  Bozen Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Kyrie in G minor, RV 587 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble,  Bozen Baroque Choir,  Bozen Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Laudate pueri Dominum in A major, RV 602a by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Gemma Bertagnolli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble,  Bozen Baroque Choir,  Bozen Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 

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