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Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus, Stabat Mater / Spinosi, Et Al


Release Date: 03/31/2008 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30453   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe JarousskyMarie-Nicole Lemieux
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The latest Vivaldi recording on Naïve...focuses on sacred works: the Stabat Mater (RV 621) and Nisi Dominus (RV 608), both performed with potent expression by the fine period group Ensemble Matheus, led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
Vivaldi, also a priest, wrote the Nisi Dominus for the Ospedale Della Pietà in Venice, where he taught orphaned girls the violin. The countertenor Philippe Jaroussky wields his sweet-toned, radiant voice to emotive effect, displaying both a rapid-fire coloratura technique and a poignant, lyrical expressiveness, particularly haunting in “Cum dederit.”
In the more austere Stabat Mater, Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings with a gripping sense of drama, her darkly rich, agile contralto
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The Ensemble Matheus plays with vigorous flair and sharply etched dynamic contrasts. Its crisp period approach sounds alternately fiery and gently warm, with dramatic explosions of color in “Surgite postquam” and almost inaudible whisperings at the beginning of “Cum dederit.”
The disc also includes a Crucifixus from a Credo attributed to Vivaldi (RV 592), a moving duet reminiscent of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater."

-- Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times [3/16/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Crucifixus by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

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